I live in Los Angeles, where generally we don't get much rain, but maybe a good rain storm once or twice a year. (Usually a short one, under 30 minutes.)
We purchased a house a few years ago & found there's a low spot where water will pool (to an inch or two) during a good storm. It's half on the driveway, half on the yard.
It's not a huge problem as typically the yard is able to absorb it after a few hours.
However, this year's El Nino is supposed to bring us a lot of rain.
I was considering getting a sump pump that I could just put on the driveway in the low spot area & run a house to the back of the yard.
So stupid question time:
1) Is this a stupid idea for some reason?
2) Do sump pump typically run only when they detect water? Or am I likely to burn the motor out if I just leave it raining? (Or do I have to be out there, turning it on & off as needed?)