A sump pump installation is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent flooding and water damage in your home. These devices collect water and divert it away from the house to ensure your property is protected. If you don’t have a sump pump, or if you have one but not sure what kind of shape it’s in, call Charles Krull & Son, Inc. Plumbing & Heating for an inspection.
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Why Sump Pumps Are Important
Water affects many Malverne homes through underground wetness. When areas get an abundance of precipitation, water accumulates to flood some structures. Flooding can cost thousands of dollars to repair the damage, and it introduces mold and mildew into the home, which causes health problems.
Sump pumps regulate the groundwater to prevent it from flooding the home during heavy rain. Many sump pumps stop the water from getting in, which saves your home from water damage. While there are a variety of sump pumps available, most residential customers rely on a submersible sump pump, which sits in a well and works underwater. When the water in the well reaches a particular level, the pump kicks on and removes the water.
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How to Maintain Your Sump Pump
Your sump pump has to be ready to work at a moment’s notice, and the job it performs means the difference between a dry home and money spent on expensive repairs. To ensure that your sump pump is ready to go when you need it most, follow these tips to keep it in top shape:
Every 3-4 Months
- Clean the pump inlet screen
- Check the power cord to make sure it’s connected
- Dump a bucket of water into the sump to raise the water level and verify the pump kicks on
Once a Year
- Remove the pump from the sump to clean and inspect it
- Check the manual to see if the pump’s bearings need lubrication
- Replace the pump if needed
- Check the power cord to ensure it’s connected
- Dump a bucket of water into the sump to raise the water level and see if the pump kicks on
If you’re still unsure that your sump pump is ready for action, call a professional plumber at Charles Krull & Son, Inc. Plumbing & Heating for help.
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Signs You Need Sump Pump Repair
When water flows into the basement, it naturally makes its way to the lowest point, which is why submersible sump pumps are ideal in places where flooding is likely. However, your sump pump won’t do any good if it doesn’t work, and here are signs you may need a repair or replacement.
- Strange Noises - Strange sounds coming from the pump indicate worn or damaged parts.
- Excessive Vibration When Running - If your pump ever sucked up hard debris, it may have caused damage to the impellers. The impellers are balanced to minimize wear to the shaft on which they spin, so if they’re vibrating because of damage, it means they’re off-balance, and it’s damaging the unit.
- Infrequent Usage - If a pump sits unused for long periods, it reduces its lifespan. Test your pump regularly so that you know it’s ready for work once a heavy rain hits.
- Irregular Cycling - A sump pump that cycles on and off frequently points to a problem. It may be something simple like an incorrectly adjusted float, or it could be something more severe like a wiring malfunction.
If you’re suspicious that your sump pump isn’t up to the job, call Charles Krull & Son, Inc. Plumbing & Heating.