sump pump


Definition of sump pump

: a pump (as in a basement) to remove accumulations of liquid (such as water) from a sump pit

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Most complaints the town received concerned gurgling drains and sump pump issues, Knesek said. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Munster, Highland hope the worst of flooding is past," 21 Feb. 2018 Or a sump pump — yours or a neighbor’s — may be pumping water out of the basement and discharging it outdoors. Beth Botts,, "'Plants aren’t sponges': Soil that's too wet, too long can spoil your garden," 6 June 2018 Buckley said firefighters shut off the power to the house, except to the sump pump. Kimberly Fornek,, "Vehicle crashes into house in La Grange Highlands," 16 Apr. 2018 Officials were told about the oil sheen about 10 a.m. after a sump pump at Republic Steel manufacturing facility failed and released the chemicals into a nearby creek. Justin Madden,, "U.S. Coast Guard investigating oil sheen in Black River in Lorain," 6 Mar. 2018 The sump pump in his basement is cycling non-stop trying to keep pace with the water flowing under the door and seeping in through the foundation. Carrie Napoleon, Post-Tribune, "Kankakee River flooding causes most area residents to evacuate," 23 Feb. 2018 Invest in a backup power supply for your sump pump. Tim Evans,, "Flooded basement? Some do's and don't," 25 Feb. 2018 The runoff overpowered their two basement sump pumps, flooding their basement. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Runoff from February rain wreaks havoc in Mukwonago," 21 Feb. 2018 After the fire, there was no electricity, and with no electricity, the sump pump did not work, said Carlotta DeFillo, who grew up in the house and whose son lived there until the fire. James Barron, New York Times, "Far From the Great Lawn, Saving a Home Tied to Central Park," 11 Feb. 2018

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circa 1899, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sump pump

US : a pump that removes water from underneath a house or building

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