If you had a flood in your basement, what would you do? It would probably cost a great deal to fix and the water would more than likely damage a lot of your belongings.
Fortunately, there’s a way you can help prevent your basement from flooding. All it takes is a sump pump.
Let’s take a look at what a sump pump is and the sump pump services our Roto-Rooter plumbing experts can provide.
What is a Sump Pump?
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 or crawl space. The goal of a sump pump is to remove water from basement and crawl spaces to avoid flooding.
Here’s how it works:
- 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 drainpipes 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 pre-determined level.
Most new homes are equipped with sump pumps but older homes can be retrofitted with a sump system to prevent basement flooding. Our Roto-Rooter plumbers are experts at sump pump installation and repair.
Sump Pump Services
Sump Pump Installation
There are a couple different ways we can install a sump pump into your home. First, a sump pump can be hard-wired into a home’s electrical system. Another way is it can simply be plugged into an outlet.
When we install the sump pump, it will come with a battery backup to ensure that the pump will work when the power is out, such as during a severe storm when it’s especially important that water is pumped away from your home. If your home frequently loses power for extended periods of time, we can present several backup options for you.
Sump Pump Maintenance
It’s important to check your sump pump regularly to ensure that is will work the next time a downpour occurs. Our experts at Roto-Rooter can provide ongoing sump pump maintenance for you.
How to Test Your Sump Pump
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.
How to Clean Your Sump Pump
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.
Sump Pump Replacement and Repair
If you’re having any trouble with your sump pump or if you notice it isn’t working when you test it, our Roto-Rooter plumbing experts can diagnose the problem and replace your sump pump if necessary.
Roto-Rooter is Here for All Your Sump Pump Needs
For more information on Roto-Rooter basement plumbing services, call us at 800-438-7686 or contact us online.
*All services not available from all locations.