Many people are not aware, but sump pumps are able to effectively solve most basement leaking and flooding issues, as they are incredibly effective at removing water from crawl spaces and below ground rooms. A sump pump is a pump that you sit at the bottom of a “sump pit”—the lowest point in your crawl space or basement. The groundwater that surrounds your home’s foundation is typically channelled into a perimeter drain system that runs the circumference of your home’s foundation. Water is supposed to find its way into drain pipes that have been perforated, which is then funnelled into the sump pump area. The sump pump, which has a switch that is triggered when the water reaches a certain level in the pit, then expels the water into the nearest storm drain, detention pond, or dry well. Most new homes come with a sump pump, and a sump pit, but many older homes do not. If you are worried that you are at risk for structural damage to your home because of water that is not being expelled, then PlumbWize can help. We specialize in sump pump installation services, sump pump repair and running sump pump tests.
Sump pumps can be hardwired directly into your home’s electrical system, or they can be plugged into an outlet. Many sump pumps also come equipped with backup battery packs that allow them to continue functioning if and when the power goes out. Alternatively, many sump pumps also work using your home’s water pressure to remove water from the sump pit. PlumbWize is able to install a wide range of sump pump systems as well as provide you with detailed knowledge about how they work and what you can do yourself to ensure that they are well maintained.
In addition to doing the installation work, we provide our customers with regular maintenance and preventative services. It is important to perform sump pump tests to ensure that it will be fully operational and reliable during the next big downpour event. To perform a sump pump test, the sump pit should be filled with water to the point that the pump’s switch is triggered. The pump should turn itself on, remove all of the water that has been poured into the pit in a matter of seconds and then turn off. The float and the check valve should move freely and fluidly and should not be encumbered by anything. We can also make sure that your sump is clean, removing any dirt or debris that has accumulated. This is another important part of sump pump upkeep.
Just as with any piece of machinery, there are things that you can do to prolong your sump pump’s useful life, but it is not going to last for ever. Sump pump repair will need to be undertaken during the life of your sump pump, and eventually, it will need to be replaced.
If your sump pump seems to not be performing as well as it once was, or you are looking to upgrade to a newer system with newer technology, the plumbing experts at PlumbWize have got you covered. Call us today and let us know how we can help handle any and all of your sump pump repair, installation and maintenance needs.