Water is life they say. Without water, there is no life. However, water can also cause serious damage to the basement and the foundation of your house. This is especially true if you do not have a sump pump or if your sump pump is not working optimally. A sump pump is an essential component that is needed in every plumbing system. It is what will ensure your basement or foundation remains dry and undamaged. You can call it a basement/ foundation drainage system.

How Does a Sump Pump Work?

For a sump pump to work, there is a need for a sump basin or pit. A sump pit is a bucket-sized hole on the floor of a basement into which water collects from a weeping tile. Its work is to ensure that the amount of moisture underneath a basement does not accumulate to a dangerous level.

The work of a sump pump is to empty a sump pit. It evacuates water from the pit and pumps into out of the house into an outlet line that is supposed to take the water to a dry well or a city storm drain.

For a sump pump to work, it requires power for its pumping action. However, it cannot just work 24/7 as most of the time the sump pit usually does not have enough water to be pumped out. So it uses a floating sensor that triggers it to pump water out when the sump pit is nearly full.

What Happens When a Sump Pump Fails?

A sump pump can fail because of poor installation or several other issues. When a sump pump fails, it can result in overflow of water into the basement aka basement flooding. Basement flooding can cause serious damage that could cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars to repair.  For example, it could damage your plumbing system or your furniture. This is why it is important to get a professional plumber to look at your sump pump regularly to ensure it is working correctly and provides your plumbing system with the support it requires.

Can You Repair Your Sump Pump?

Yes, you can. But will you have done the right job? Will you be able to trust that what you have done is the correct thing? Even though there are many tutorials and videos out there that teach how to inspect sump pumps and deal with certain issues, only professional and licensed plumbers have the knowledge, experience, and technical know-how of ensuring every component of your sump pump system is working optimally.

So if you have a problem with your sump pump or if you think it needs a little bit of maintenance or repair, call us. We will do the job that needs getting done. Otherwise, you might go to your basement and taken several hours worsening the problem instead of fixing it.

When Is The Best Time To Inspect Your Sump Pump?

The best time to inspect your sump pump is early spring. Check it for debris and sand that may have been collected into the sump pit and clean it out if you find anything. Also, do screen cleaning to ensure the pit is in optimal condition. Inspecting the pit during summer is also a good idea as water may have accumulated in the pit but may not get pumped out because it is not enough. Flush it out by adding more water to the pit using a pipe or bucket. This will activate the pump and get it to empty the pit.

In addition to the pit, it is also important to inspect your pump’s sensor and ensures that it is functioning. New sump pump models have electronic sensors that are less likely to be jammed unlike older ones with floaters. Regardless of what model you have installed, check if it is working just before the end of winter to ensure it can handle all the water from the thawing snow and ice.

Final Word

A sump pump is an important component of the plumbing system. It can also be considered a basement drainage system. Without a sump pump, your basement could get flooded. Without a sump pump, the foundation of your home could also be affected. This is because it works to remove water from underneath the basement into a city drain line or a dry well. It is important to have a sump pump. It is even more important to make sure it is maintained so that it offers you the protection you buy or bought it for.

If you are searching for reliable and experienced plumbers for repair and installation of sump pumps, go no further. Contact Hamilton Plumbing on (289) 426-0840 at any time of day or night and you will not be disappointed with our services.

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