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Do you live in a low-lying area or near a floodplain? If you haven’t already done so, we recommend installing a sump pump in your home to prevent flooding during storms and heavy rain. Metro Plumbing is your local Chattanooga sump pump repair and replacement team.
What are the benefits of sump pumps?
Sump pumps have various advantages when it comes to your home’s safety. An efficient sump pump allows excess water to be directed away from the home. Older homes may not have a sump pump installed, and having one set up in your basement will help during heavy rains.
With a sump pump installed, the integrity of your home’s foundation improves. It also reduces the risk of rising water that could lead to problems with electrical wiring in your basement. Flood damage is also a common problem in homes with a low water table, and sump pumps can help prevent these problems.
Which sump pump should you install?
Choosing the right sump pump is crucial. There are different applications for each device, and we want you to be aware of how they work in different settings.
Submersible sump pumps are often used as primary pumps for basements and some crawl spaces. They have a few distinct advantages over other types of pumps. For example, they can carry a significant amount of discharge, up to a full horsepower. This equates to over 7,000 gallons per minute of discharge. Submersible pumps are also flexible for manual or electric float styles. However, they must be placed in a pit below water to activate properly.
Pedestal sump pumps are portable units that can be moved depending on the need for water discharge. They are ideal for small spaces or awkward pit sizes. They are also commonly used in crawl spaces that may get the occasional flooding at a different rate each time.
- Sewage and Macerating
Sewage pumps act as ejectors that pump solid waste to a sewer or septic system. Basement laundry tubs may require a sewage or macerating pump to handle the grey water and eject it away from the house. These pumps grind up solids and other materials and are common in basements with retrofitted bathrooms that need to eject waste upwards in a separate stack.
What are common sump pump problems?
Sump pump problems can occur when the system is overwhelmed or a component is damaged. Proper installation and timely repair can go a long way in helping to prevent unexpected breakdowns.
The two main sump pump problems:
- Switch failure: Old age or a stuck float can cause the sump pump to run continuously or not at all. Sump floats need to be checked occasionally by filling the pit with water to activate the switch.
- Overwhelmed pump: An overwhelmed pump can be linked to either low horsepower capacity in heavy storms or a frozen pipe in the winter. Frozen discharge in pipes can be a problem as snow and ice melt. This causes the system to become overwhelmed by new water. We recommend upgrading to a higher discharge rate and installing frost-free pipes. Contact us to learn about your options.