Sump Pump Services
Sump pumps are used to remove water that accumulates in a sump pit. Sump pits are typically placed in basements or crawl spaces beneath a home. The purpose of sump pits is to collect water in one place for easily draining water to a place away from the home or building. Water may build up as a result of a high water table, drainage from a collection system, or direct run-off.
Sump Pump Installation and Repairs
Like any equipment with moving parts, sump pumps will wear out over time and will need to be replaced. There is no general rule on how often a sump pump should be replaced since it depends on how often the pump operates.
It is important to test your sump pump regularly to make sure it will operate when the next big downpour occurs. 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.
You may also have what is called an ejector pump in your basement. It is designed to pump sewage to an overhead sewer or septic field. It should have two pipes coming out of a sealed cover. One pipe is the pump discharge to the sewer and the second is a vent usually going out through the roof.
Backup Sump Pumps—Battery and Non-Battery/Electrical
If your primary sump pump fails, having a backup sump pump installed will ensure that your home doesn’t flood. Non-battery powered backup sump pumps are connected to your home’s power grid. If the power should happen to go out, such as during a strong storm, a battery-powered backup sump pump will keep working to protect your basement.