Most people make a serious effort to protect their home.
They install smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and radon detectors.
They’ll also make sure their home has a fire extinguisher and that their outside doors all have deadbolts.
That’s a pretty thorough list.
There’s just one thing missing from it.
A sump pump.
Installing a new sump pump is easy and cost-effective.
It also has the potential to save you thousands of dollars.
But what is a sump pump?
And why is it so important?
Read on to find out.
What Is A Sump Pump?
If you guessed that a sump pump is some type of pump, you’re not only correct, you’re very perceptive.
You’ll find sump pumps in a house’s basement or crawlspace at the lowest point in your house, usually in a hole called a sump pit.
When water comes into the sump pit, the sump pump activates, and it will move the water out of the sump pit and into another location—preferably somewhere a safe distance away from the building.
This prevents your building from flooding.
This can not only save you thousands of dollars in immediate flood damage, it can also help preserve the integrity of your building’s foundation, so your building lasts longer.
What Can Go Wrong?
Unfortunately, sump pumps are not problem-free.
To be fair, it’s not entirely their fault.
This is a piece of machinery in a dark pit underneath your house that can easily be forgotten.
That’s’ not a good environment for any machine, and some sump pump problems are a result of it
• Buildups of mud and dirt in a sump pump can result in blockages.
• The pump or discharge line has been clogged.
• The sump pump might lose power.
Some problems are the result of not having professionals install the sump pump.
• Your sump pump might be too big or too small for your basement, making it ineffective at cleaning up water.
• The pump also might not be properly connected to the drainage system.
In most cases, you can stay ahead of problems if you just schedule some time to check your sump pump to make sure it’s running properly.
Does Your Sump Pump Need To Be Replaced?
If you suspect your sump pump needs to be replaced, your first inclination may be to call out a plumber to inspect the pump, perhaps even replace it.
Don’t give in to that temptation.
We’re happy to come take a look at your sump pump, but you can save yourself some money by inspecting the sump pump yourself first.
Perform some basic maintenance and cleaning on it, using the steps below as guidelines.
1. Clear away debris.
2. Look for any obvious broken parts or cracks in the pump.
3. Inspect the discharge lines and the valve.
4. Test the pump.
If the pump still isn’t working like it should, give us a call and we’ll come out as soon as possible to get it working again.
Contact Triton Plumbing & Service
If you’re having problems with a sump pump or want one installed, contact Triton Plumbing Service immediately, either at our website or by calling (226) 270-6424.
One of our experienced plumbing will be happy to assist you with any sump pump questions you might have.
They’ll also be happy to set up an appointment if you need to repair or replace your sump pump.
Contact Triton Plumbing & Service today.