For many homeowners the first line of defense against water in the basement is a sump with a pump in it. The sump may be connected to the drain tile that drains the footings of the house, under the entire basement or just the area where the sump is located. May houses have tiling installed only around a portion of the house. The water that drains into the sump must be removed, and this is accomplished with a sump pump.
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