Whether you live in an area that experiences heavy rainfall or you simply want to protect your basement from flooding, a sump pump is often a lifesaver for homeowners in the Bel Air, MD and Abingdon, MD areas. The experts at PlumbCrazy can help with all your sump pump needs including the repair and installation of the unit itself.
Keep unsanitary water out of your home with our backflow testing service, along with your sump pump installation from certified technicians.
Why Install a Sump Pump?
For homes in low lying areas or places that see a lot of rainfall, a sump pump is ideal to keep unwanted water away from the foundation of your home. It’s also beneficial for homes with basements or cellars to have a sump pump to protect the area from flooding.
A sump pump works by using french drains to direct extra water to a tank usually in the basement or cellar. Once the water level in the tank reaches a certain level, a pump will kick on and pump the water safely away from your home.
Common Sump Pump Problems
Some of the most common sump pump problems we see from homeowners include:
- Incorrectly sized pumps: When installing a sump pump, you need to take into consideration the area of water that it will need to pump.
- Flow rate issues: It’s also important to consider the flow rate of a pump before installing it. A sump pump with a slower flow rate would be better for homes who need a pump as a precaution only.
- Seized units: If you use your sump pump for emergencies only, there is a chance that it might seize. To test if your sump pump has seized, pour water in the tank until the pump kicks on. If it does not turn on, the pump is seized and you should seek professional service before the next time you need the pump.
- Battery backups: Many homeowners rely on their sump pumps during heavy rainfall or storms. If there is a chance that your power may go out, you will want to have a battery backup for your sump pump.
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Which Sump Pump Is Best?
There are two main types of sump pumps that offer many benefits. They are:
- Cannot be submerged in water.
- Slower flow rate.
- Better for homes who will use as a precaution.
- Located on a pedestal above the water tank.
- Can be submerged in water.
- Higher flow rate.
- Better for homes who use a sump pump regularly.
- More durable, will last longer than a pedestal pump.