Sump pumps are used to remove water that accumulates in a sump pit. Sump pits are typically placed in basements or crawl spaces beneath a home. The purpose of sump pits is to collect water in one place for easy drainage to a place away from the home or building. Water may build up as a result of a high water table, drainage from a collection system or direct run-off. At Craftsman Plumbing Company we can get you fixed up with a system of your own so that you can enjoy peace of mind. We serve Lake St. Louis, O’Fallon, MO and the surrounding areas.
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Common Sump Pump Problems
- Replacement pumps: Like any equipment with moving parts, sump pumps will wear out over time and will need to be replaced. There is no general rule on how often a sump pump should be replaced since it depends on how often the pump operates.
- Test Regularly: It is important to test your sump pump regularly to make sure it will operate when the next big downpour occurs. Test it by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit. The pump should turn on, remove the water from the pit, and shut itself off in a matter of seconds.
- Ejector Pumps: You may also have what is called an ejector pump in your basement. It is designed to pump sewage to an overhead sewer or septic field. It should have two pipes coming out of a sealed cover. One pipe is the pump discharge to the sewer and the second is a vent usually going out through the roof.
The Benefits of a Back-Up Sump Pump
If your primary sump pump fails, having a backup one installed will ensure that your home doesn’t get flooded. Non-battery powered backup sump pumps are connected to your home’s power grid. If the power should happen to go out, such as during a strong storm, a battery-powered backup will keep working to protect your basement. These systems can offer you value including:
- Protecting your home from costly water damage.
- Keep your home dry during power outages.
- Backup pumping capabilities if your main system malfunctions.
- Assists your main system with pumping in the event of very high water levels.
- No costly flood insurance claims.
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Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Sump Pump
Recognizing when your system could be malfunctioning is important. Unless you have a backup system, you want to be sure that your system is working at all times so that you don’t have to worry about expensive water damage to your home. Here are some signs you want to call a professional:
- Strange sounds
- Excessive vibration when running
- Continues to run all the time
- Frequent cycling
- Visible rust or damage
- Older than 7-10 years