Posted on: December 2, 2016
By: Alan O'Neill
Posted in: Plumbing
A sump pump installation is a device that is designed to pump water out of an area before it can flood. A pit is dug at the lowest point of the area. This is called the sump. All water that flows into the area will naturally flow into the sump. The sump pump is then installed either in or directly above the sump. When the water level in the sump reaches a certain level, the sump pump activates and pumps all of it through a dedicated drain pipe out of the house.
Installing a sump pump is certainly not an easy task and it can take 6 to 8 hours, based on how thick the basement floor is. First and foremost, you need to determine where is the water coming from, since these pumps treat the effect, not the cause. Generally speaking, basements become flooded when water migrates through the soil.
It’s good to know that your sump pump is there when you need it, even if that may be only once every ten years. In case of flood, a sump pump will get the unwanted water out of your basement – which is important in order to protect valuables and sentimental items in your downstairs storage room, office, or living space. Even more crucial, removing the water will protect the integrity of your home’s foundation.
Purchase and Installation
Choose between a standard sump pump and a grinder pump. The former gets rid of water that floods into your basement from the foundation drain tile, while the latter grinds up sewage and pumps it into your main sewer line.
Have a battery-powered backup on hand in case of electric failure. The battery should be replaced every 2-3 years.
Check performance data to find out the maximum lift – normally it’s 10 feet. The maximum flow rate is also important; it should be at least 35 gallons per minute. Horsepower of 1/3 is usual.
Proper installation, precisely following the manufacturer’s recommendations, is essential for safe and efficient operation. Have a qualified plumber install a sump pump with its own grounded 15A electrical circuit and a surge protector. The lifespan of this device varies a great deal. However with correct installation and maintenance, your sump pump is not likely to need replacement for 10-15 years.
Don’t rely on the sump pump alone – you must also waterproof the area. Seal all cracks and crevices in your home’s foundation.
Maintenance and Testing
To make sure that your sump pump will be functional in case emergency strikes, inspect it every few weeks. Turn off electric power to the pump and then use a flashlight to check that its inlet is not blocked with dirt, debris, or even small animals. A professional plumber can clear a sump pump clog out for you, clean the sump pit, and, if desired, install a grate covering the inlet to prevent this type of problem in future. Read full article here…
Even a small amount of water damage in the wrong place can lead to thousands in repair costs. Depending on where you install it, and what’s located around it, a sump pump can save you a massive amount of money just by preventing a room from flooding once or twice a year. Call (713) 812-7070 us for your home service and repair needs.
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