What is the function of a sump pump?
The purpose of a sump pump is to keep water out of the basement to prevent flooding. Water may build up around the base of a house due to sloppy patios, sidewalks, or full gutters. A sump pump is used to drain the accumulated water.
A sump pump is usually installed at the lowest point in the basement for much water to accumulate to remove the water and dispel the water far away from the house.
Are all sump pumps the same?
Sump pumps come in two types: submersible pumps and pedestal pumps. Pedestal sump pumps have their motors installed outside the sump while the submersible sump pumps are completely immersed underwater. Submersible sump pumps expensive and more difficult to repair while pedestal sump pumps are less costly and easier to repair.
Does everyone need a sump pump?
If your home is in a wet area, you would, undoubtedly, need one. Natural groundwater, rain, and near drains of the home’s waterproofing system can cause flooding, but a sump pump will help significantly to prevent flooding. In addition, a sump pump will prevent water damage in the laundry areas, basement, and storage rooms.
Can I install a sump pump myself?
For proper installation, a sump pump should be installed by a qualified plumber who has the required experience and the right tools to break through the earth and foundation and carry out sump pump installation. For sump pump repair or sump pump replacement in Calgary, contact Urban Pipings journeyman plumbers.
What size of sump pump do I need?
It is indeed the horsepower that matters and not size. The right horsepower that you need will be determined by the depth of the basement, depth to the groundwater, the area of the drainage connected to the sump, and other factors. However, for most houses, 1/3 horsepower pump is the standard.
How long can a sump pump last?
If well-maintained, a sump pump should last for about ten years. If your pump does not kick during heavy rain, you cannot wait to have sump pump repair or sump pump replacement. A sump pump is a device you cannot wait to repair or replace because the cost of a new sump pump is a fraction of the amount of money that will be used to deal with flood damage and repair the basement.
What are the common causes of sump pump failure?
Switching problem and debris are the primary causes of a sump pump failure.
How can I keep my pump well-maintained?
Have your sump pump regularly checked before you need its services. Also, ensure routine maintenance every six months. Have your sump pump checked by a professional for servicing and maintenance.
Is a battery backup necessary for my sump pump?
If you live in an area that is highly susceptible to flooding or has significant rainfall and high winds, you would need a battery backup for standby power for your pump in case the power goes out, or a circuit breaker is tripped. This will help to prevent flooding.