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What Should You Know about Sump Pumps?

know-about-sump-pumpsWhile some homeowners rarely, if ever, have to worry about their homes flooding, it’s become pretty common in areas such as ours. Because of this, it’s imperative that our homes be equipped with the right tools to get water out of our properties quickly—something you’ll only get from a quality sump pump system.

For superior sump pump services in Winnetka, IL, you can simply reach out to us. In the meantime, we’ve shared some facts about sump pumps below, to help you better understand their function and their necessity.

Not All Sump Pumps Are Equal

It’s likely that you think nearly any sump pump will do the job. But actually, some models are built differently, and may not serve your home’s purpose. There are two main types of sump pumps:

  • The Pedestal Pump: Perches above a sump pit, with a hose leading in.
  • The Submersible Pump: A waterproof case sits in the pit, pumping water out.

Each of these models come with their own unique pros and cons. It’s typically recommended that you invest in a submersible pump, as it is unobtrusive noise-wise, versus the pedestal pump.

Always Have a Backup

A battery backup will ensure that water can still drain from your basement in the case that the power should fail. We typically recommend having multiple sump pumps as well, for further assurance of protection from flooding.

Maintenance Should Never Be Ignored

Routine maintenance of your sump pump helps you avoid a catastrophe when inclement weather hits. We suggest checking your sump pump on your own as often as you can—a quick test about once a month—and having a full inspection conducted on a quarterly basis. Here are the items that should be checked during sump pump maintenance:

  • The drainpipe leading out of the home—excessive buildup may require cleaning.
  • The electrical components of the pump to ensure there’s no wiring damage.
  • Any mechanical failures such as a stuck float or check valve.
  • Pump checks—pour a bucket of water into the pit to ensure that water moves out quickly enough.

Be sure to call our professional plumbers if you notice any signs of trouble!

Eventually, Your Sump Pump Will Quit

Someday, no matter how much maintenance and care you put into your sump pump system, it’s going to fail. Even the most professionally installed sump pumps have a lifespan of approximately 10 years, so we recommend replacing yours well before this date. This way, you’ll ensure you have a new sump pump in good working order.

If your sump pump is nearing the end of its lifespan, you fear it is experiencing operational problems, or you don’t have a sump pump and want to learn more about its benefits, our professionally trained and highly experienced plumbers are here to help.

For expert plumbing service, installations, or maintenance contact Reliance Plumbing Sewer & Drainage, Inc. Our knowledgeable plumbers serve the North Shore and Northwest Chicago suburbs. Rely on Reliance!

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