What Is the sump pump and why it has to be installed in your house?
It is a small pump that sits at the bottom of a pit that will solve most of your basement flooding and leaking issues. Groundwater surrounding the area around your house is channeled into a drain system which is installed at the lowest point of your basement. Water enters the perforated drain pipes and is diverted towards the sump pit. The sump pump gets triggered by a float switch and starts to remove the water by pumping it into the nearest drain. It only works when the water inside the sump pit reaches a pre-determined level.
Most of the new homes already have sump pumps installed in their basements, but if your property is old, it can be retrofitted with a sump system to prevent basement flooding.
Make sure to test the sump pump regularly especially before each rainy season so that you know it still works. You can test it by simply pouring a bucket full of water into the pit. The sump pump should automatically turn on, remove the water and turn itself off. You will also need to check if the valve is moving freely.
You can increase the efficiency of the sump pump and prolong its life by cleaning any dirt, gravel, and debris that might be stuck around it. Make sure the discharge pipe is free of any obstructions so that the water can be pumped out of your basement and crawlspaces. If you cannot do this yourself, our team of experts can handle this job for you.
Like any other equipment, a sump pump will wear out with time. It will need replacement if it is not working properly. There is no general rule for when you should replace or get a new sump pump since it depends on how often it is in use. Call the experts at Orange Plumbing if your sump pump is not working and we will quickly resolve the issue for you.