A sump is a pit at the lowest point beneath the structure of a home or business (typically in a basement or crawl space) that collects water. To prevent water damage and keep your basement from flooding, a sump pump is triggered by a float switch to pump or re-route water away from your property’s foundation into a nearby storm drain, an outdoor area away from the house, or a well.
There are two basic types of sump pumps primarily found in homes: submersible and pedestal. The type is determined by where the pump sits to measure the water level.
- Submersible Pumps – These pumps are electric and sit fully submerged within the sump pit.
- Pedestal Pumps – Best for smaller basins, pedestal pumps have the base submerged while the motor remains out of water.
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Battery Backup Sump Pumps
The challenge with sump pumps is that power outages tend to happen during major storms, which is exactly when you need your pump to do its job. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Southeast WI offers battery backup sump pump installation. A battery backup system is a quick solution that many homeowners take advantage of for safety and peace of mind. While these are a great way to ensure your pump will have the power it needs to keep your home dry in the case of a blackout, battery backups are also critical if the main sump pump fails or becomes overwhelmed.
There is an important distinction between “back-up” pumps and “battery back-up” or “battery backup.” Your regular “back-up” pump still uses electricity, which means you’ll want to make certain you choose a battery backup sump pump specifically. Our sump pump plumbers in Milwaukee are friendly and knowledgeable on the subject and would be happy to discuss which option is right for your home.
For help installing your battery backup sump pump and ensuring everything is properly in place before the next large rainfall, give your local Mr. Rooter experts a call us.
Signs You Need Sump Pump Repair (or Replacement)
- Old Age - The average lifespan with routine maintenance is about 10 years. However, if not kept up properly, that lifespan can decrease significantly, causing common problems or poor performance. We recommend having your pump inspected once a year at a minimum to help increase longevity.
- Switch Not Working – One of the most common issues that arise is due to a stuck switch.
- Clogged Pump – If your pump doesn’t have a lid, it can pile up with dirt and debris that will eventually cause it to slow down or stop working entirely.
- Power Failure – Pumps can lose power for several reasons, including a blown fuse, a battery backup running out of juice, or maybe the storm that caused your pump to start running also knocked the power out of your home. However, this can also happen when the unit is unplugged and not plugged back in, so it’s always good to double-check the power source.
- Overwhelmed Pump –This problem may relate to a stuck switch, which can keep the sump pump running continuously. The pump can also become overwhelmed if it is too small (or conversely, too powerful) for the space it resides.
- Excessive Noise – Another common occurrence is a pump making irregular thudding, rattling, or gurgling noises. Your sump pump should make some noise as it runs, but if that noise becomes louder than normal, inspection should happen right away.
Rooted in our values of respect, integrity, and customer focus, our courteous, uniformed professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Southeast WI are happy to provide a full range of residential plumbing services for your home. Before the next big storm, call us to schedule routine maintenance to help keep your sump pump in optimal condition and prepared for any weather condition.
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