A sump pump is a submersible pump that sits at the bottom of a sump pit, which is typically installed at the lowest point in your basement, crawl space or outside. Ground water surrounding your home’s foundation is channeled into a perimeter drain system installed at the base of the foundation. Water finds its way into the perforated drain pipes and is quickly diverted to the sump pit. The sump pump, which is triggered by a float switch, removes the water by pumping it to the nearest storm drain, dry well or detention pond. A sump pump turns on only when water inside the sump pit reaches a predetermined level. This means it automatically turns on and off giving you piece of mind.
Most new homes are equipped with sump pumps but older homes can be retrofitted with a sump system to prevent basement flooding. At Discount Plumbing Rooter Inc, we are experts at sump pump installation and repair!
Sump pumps can be hard-wired into a home’s electrical system or be plugged into an outlet. Many sump pumps are equipped with a battery backup to ensure that the pump will work when the power goes out, such as during a severe storm when it’s especially important that water is pumped away from your home.
If your home experiences a power outage for an extended period of time, frequent power outages or if your primary sump pump fails, a battery backup sump pump or one of many water powered backup systems (that use your home’s water supply pressure to remove water from the sump pit) will protect your basement from water damage. Let the experts at Discount Plumbing Rooter Inc present you with several sump pump options to choose from.
Test your sump pump regularly to make sure it will operate when the next big downpour occurs. Test it by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit. The pump should turn on, remove the water from the pit and shut itself off in a matter of seconds. Ensure that the float and the check valve move freely. If they don’t, you’ll need to adjust the configuration and remove any debris blocking them.
It’s important to clean your sump pit, remove any dirt, sand, gravel and other debris to increase the pump’s efficiency and prolong its life. Ensure that the discharge line opening is free of obstructions so that water can be pumped through the line and out of your basement or crawlspace. If you don’t want to do this yourself, our team of plumbing experts is happy to help with your sump pump maintenance.
Like any equipment with moving parts, sump pumps will wear out over time and will need to be replaced. There is no general rule on how often a sump pump should be replaced since it depends on how often the pump operates.
If your sump pump is not working, call in the experts at Discount Plumbing to assess the situation. We also can help with any basement leak repairs that have occurred due to a broken sump pump.
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