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Sump pump operation
Sump pumps are small pumps that you install in the lowest part of a basement or crawlspace. This will prevent the area underneath the building from flooding and ensures that the surrounding area remains dry. Oftentimes a professional will install these in specially constructed sump pits. The water is going to flow through the sump pit through the natural flow of the soil, or it may get there through the drains. By moving the water away, you ensure that the crawlspace and basement stay dry.
The different types of sump pumps
There are a number of different sump pumps available. Depending on your needs and your residence, the one that is right for you may vary. These are the different types of sump pumps:
- Primary – Most homes throughout North America will need this type of sump pump. These prevent floods by pumping seepage water out of your basement. There are two different types, pedestal pumps and submersible pumps.
- Battery backup – In the event that the power goes out, these provide you with some added insurance. Because most sump pumps are electric-powered, a power outage will render them useless, even though this is when you need them the most. These still provide the same benefits as the primary option, but with the added benefit of kicking in if the power goes out.
- Sewage pumps – These are unlike the traditional sump pumps. The primary goal behind these is pumping effluent and sewage waste from a home to a septic system
Sump pump maintenance
If you expect your sump pump to keep working, you will need to perform routine maintenance on it or have a professional do so for you. Oftentimes your sump pump will not be used for months, this is one of the reasons it is a good idea to have a professional take care of maintaining it for you. The last thing you want to do is realize that your sump pump does not function as it should during a flood.
Do this every 3 to 4 months:
- Dump a bucket of water into the sump, this raises the float and will ensure that your pump turns on
- Check the power cord and make sure the cord is connected to power
- Clean the pump inlet screen
Do this every year:
- Remove the pump from the sump, clean it, and inspect it for possible damage
- Replace the pump in the sump
- See if the pump bearings need any oil or grease
- Dump water into the sump to raise the float to ensure it turns on. If necessary, you will need to adjust the float
But to make sure that you will have years of problem-free plumbing it is better to hire a qualified company like Dr.Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services to avoid many issues.