Water in the basement is every homeowner’s worst fear. Wet basements can cause foundation damage, ruin storage items and appliances, and foster the growth of mold. In many municipalities, sump pumps are required in residential and commercial properties. If you are in need of a sump pump for your home or workplace, call the skilled professionals at Calhoun Plumbing.
A sump pump is placed in the lowest point in the basement or crawlspace, typically in a sump pit, which is a dug-out subfloor area that is filled with gravel. The pump operates with centrifugal force, so when water enters the sump pit, the pump kicks on and expels water through pipes and into the sewer system or outdoors to the ground. It’s important that the pump discharges far enough away from the structure to prevent it from saturating the ground around the foundation — or you will end right back at square one. The experts at Calhoun Plumbing can install a sump pump and ensure that water is being carried far enough away that it will not cause further damage to the property.
Your sump pump is put to a pass or fail test when heavy rains hit your home – it either pumps or it doesn’t. Since a sump pump is something that just kicks on when it fills, you typically won’t notice a problem until it fails. Age and workload are two factors to consider when choosing between repair and replacement. Given the amount of damage that a faulty pump can cause, we typically recommend replacing the unit, and in most cases, it is less expensive to replace a sump pump than repair. Our plumbing technicians can inspect your pump and test that it is working properly.
Calhoun Plumbing can help you determine the right sump pump for your needs, whether they are residential or commercial. A pump with not enough horsepower won’t do the job, whereas, one with too much power can waste energy, thus increasing utility bills. The most common sump pumps are submerged or pedestal and operate automatically. You can also get sump pump alarms that will alert you if the pump is malfunctioning, and you can buy back-up battery packs which are good to have on hand if the power goes out during a storm.
Like any other appliance, sump pumps typically have a shelf life, usually 7-10 years. You can help your sump pump function at its highest level by making sure that your downspouts extend far enough away so that water can’t seep back into the ground near the foundation. You can also make sure the ground around the foundation is graded to prevent groundwater from pooling around your foundation. You can also periodically test the pump to make sure it is operating properly – fill the sump pit with water and verify the pump kicks on and drains the pit.
If you have an old sump pump nearing the end of its life, don’t put off replacing it. Call Calhoun Plumbing, and we’ll schedule an appointment to install and test the new pump.
If you are having issues with your sump pump, let one of our experienced plumbers take a look.
Calhoun Plumbing has over 25 years of experience serving the plumbing needs of Central Ohio. We offer 24/7 emergency plumbing services as well as general plumbing services that include backed up sewer and drain, leak detection, excavation services, and other general plumbing services like bathroom repairs, kitchen sinks, backflow testing and more. If you are looking for a local plumbing company that you can trust, and who you can call 24/7, Calhoun Plumbing is here to help.