Sump Pump Repair Maineville
One of the most effective ways to keep your basement dry is to install a sump pump. It becomes very important during a storm, heavy downpour, or if you live in an area where the water table is high. Sump pumps remove water from basements and crawlspaces keeping flooding at bay.
What are sump pumps?
A sump pump can be defined as a submersible pump installed inside a sump pit. The pit is installed at the lowest point in the basement or crawl space. The pump channels ground water in a building’s foundation into a perimeter drain system, usually installed at the foundation’s base.
How do they work?
A sump pump is triggered by a float switch. When water finds its way to the sump pit, the float switch will be triggered when the water reaches a certain level. The pump is usually hard-wired into a building’s electrical system or plugged into an outlet. Many of them have a battery back up, allowing them to continue to work efficiently even when power goes out, for instance in the event of a storm, when it is most crucial for water to be pumped out of your home or office.
Sump pump repair and replacement
It is important to regularly check your sump pump to ensure that it is in proper working condition. Do not wait until your basement is flooded to begin thinking of repair or maintenance.
Testing your sump pump
Pour a bucket of water into your sump pit. The pump should turn on and begin removing water from the sump pit. Within seconds, the pit should have no water and the pump should have turned itself off. The float and the check valve should also move freely. If it does not work properly, consider cleaning the sump pit.
How to clean your sump pit
Remove any sand, gravel, dirt or any debris. Ensure that the discharge line is obstruction free. This will help the pump work efficiently and prolong its life.
If the above steps do not improve your sump pump’s functionality, it becomes necessary to call in a professional plumber. They will check how the pump is working and repair it. They may also recommend replacement. Well, sump pumps wear out with continued use, and will ultimately need replacement for optimal function. If your home or office has no sump pump, it is only advisable to have one installed as soon as possible. Do not wait until there is a storm or heavy downpour to begin looking for a professional plumber to install one.
Things to look for in a professional plumber
Availability for emergencies
Licensing and insurance
One of the best ways to maintain your sump pump’s lifespan is to give your pump a battery back up. There are different types of batteries. The marine-grade battery can power the pump for 12 hours. Another battery type uses pressure from the property’s water supply lines and forces water out of the sump pit. Your plumber will help you determine the kind of battery back up that best suits your needs.
The importance of a sump pump cannot be overemphasized. Don’t wait until there is a storm for you to install one. If it malfunctions, then you better call a professional plumber to repair it.
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