Does it seem like the soil around your home or business is constantly saturated? Does your basement or crawl space seem wet or have you noticed a musky smell when you go downstairs? If you have any of these concerns you may be in need of a sump pump to fix the problem. Leaving any water and drainage issues unaddressed can cause thousands of dollars in damages to your home and to your property.
Sump pump systems are mainly utilized to control water table related problems in the surface soil surrounding your home. It is designed to collect excess water from your homes foundation in a catch basin, and is typically installed in your basement or crawl space. Sump pumps send water away from a house to any place where it is no longer problematic, such as a municipal storm drain.
If the basement is dug below the water table line, the water may enter via the perimeter drain system, In short this means if the piping in your home is installed below the grade of your homes main drainage lines you may need to consider a sump system, especially if you have experienced issues with flooding and dampness.
Depending on the age of your home, it is possible that your sump pump system does not meet your municipality’s currant plumbing codes, as some older sump pump systems divert water into the sanitary sewer system, which is no longer permitted.
Not all sump pumps are created the same… Pumps that run frequently due to higher water table, water drainage, or weather conditions should be examined at least once a year. Sump pumps, being mechanical devices, will fail eventually and it is good to know what types of systems are available on the market when it is time to change out your system.
A few examples include:
Primary Sump Pumps: Primary sump pumps are the standard pumps found in many residences. There are two types of primary sump pumps: submersible pumps and pedestal pumps. Submersible pumps are put under water in your sump pump basin. Pedestal Pumps are positioned with the pump motor out of water, above your sump basin.
Battery Backup Sump Pumps: Battery backup pumps provide added insurance in the case your power goes out. As sump pumps are electric-powered, they can be useless in the event of a power outage. New technology has convenient features that can text or email you in event of a failure.
Combination Sump Pumps: Combination sump pumps are just that, a combination of a primary pump and a battery backup in one. With a combination sump pump, you are protected under normal conditions and also in the case of power outages. Another feature of these pumps is that it will also kick on in the event the primary pump cannot keep up with the water as it enters the basin.
The job of installing a sump system in your home can be a complicated one, (not to mention costly), however, they are highly effective in alleviating any unwanted water coming into in basements, crawlspaces and soil surrounding your homes foundation.
At DJ Plumbing & Heating, we understand how frustrating having water or flooding issues can be. Our teams of licensed professionals are committed to making the sump pump installation process as easy and stress free as possible. Please contact us directly for a consultation and quote at 778-227-1119 or send us a note firstname.lastname@example.org.