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What is a Sump Pump?
A sump pump is a drainage pump that sits in a sump pit below the ground level. It works in the same way as a traditional pump, and it drains excess water through a discharge pump. A sump pump is needed to drain water that might accumulate in the lower levels of your house, such as a basement, especially during extreme weather event such as heavy storms.
The sump pump in your basement is one of the vital parts of your house as it can prevent a host of issues caused by flooding, such as mold, ruined carpet, furniture and electronics and even might prevent electricity hazards caused by excess water and flooding.
Signs that your sump pump needs to be fixed or replaced
Sump pumps are an important part of any home that has a basement or crawl space. When they stop working, it is crucial for you to be aware of it and to try to figure out why it happened.
These are some of the most common issues with sump pumps:
- pump cannot deal with a high volume of water – in most cases, you need a better, more performant sump pump. For really big basements, you might need 2 or more sump pumps, placed in opposite corners of the basement
- an incorrectly installed drain tile (drainage pipe) or a clogged or collapsed one will prevent the water from gathering in the sump pit. If you notice the sump pit is dry, you should have your drainage system inspected by a professional plumber
- it is very common for sump pumps to clog, especially the ones that do not have a lid. Debris in the sump pit can clog various parts. If you notice a lot of debris and the sump pump does not function properly, you should have it inspected to figure out if it can be repaired or it needs to be replaced
- another very common issue is loss of electrical power due to heavy storms. If the pump is not powered, it will not work. It is a good idea to use a backup battery for the sump pump, just for such an eventuality
- discharge pumps can get clogged or frozen during colder weather, thus not allowing for the excess water to be drained away from the house
- if you notice any kind of other irregularities, such as the pump running non-stop, you need to have it inspected asap as it might not last much longer.
Sump Pump vs Ejector Pump
An ejector pump is very similar to a sump pump. The main difference is in what they are trying to prevent. In the case of a sump pump, it is preventing water caused by heavy rains or outside flooding from getting in your basement.
Ejector pump deals with the sewage system and the waste-water already existing in your home. They are usually necessary for areas that have bathrooms, washing machines, etc and that are below the level of the main sewage pipe.
Sump Pump Repair & Installation Services
Hiring a contractor who can install and maintain a sump pump is a very smart investment. Without their help, you may have to deal with significant damage and higher insurance rates as a result of damage in a flooded basement.
Easy North Plumbing offers both sump pump repair and sump pump replacement services.
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