Sump pumps prevent your basement or crawlspace from flooding during heavy rains. Because they have to be ready 24 hours a day, they need to be reliable. If yours is not, call our plumbing services to replace it before the next big storm hits.
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Basement sump pumps are a key part of a foundation drainage system. Set into a basin or pit that’s dug in the subfloor, they pump groundwater out through a one-way valve. A float, not unlike one found in a toilet, activates a switch when the water in the pit reaches a certain level.
When should you replace a unit? If yours is over ten years old, it has likely reached the end of its useful life. Or, if it won’t turn on when the water level rises, it might be beyond repair.
Our local plumbing services can replace a sump pump and the piping to keep the water flowing out and away from your foundation. We’ve been family owned and operated for more than 30 years, and hold a Master Plumber license to help you resolve the most complex basement water problems.
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The most common problems with these pumps are related to one of three things: clogs, jams and sizing. If your unit has no lid, debris can build up in the pit over time. A basin that is too small can make this problem worse. The impeller, which moves the water, can also get jammed up with silt and dirt.
Clogs make the motor work harder to keep up with demand, and can wear its parts out sooner than you expected. Sudden failure can spell disaster for your home. Call us now for fast repair or replacement.
If you are considering sump pump installation, you need one large enough to handle your home’s typical water volume. A 1/3 horsepower model can remove about 2,000 gallons per hour and works well for most needs. A ½ HP model can pump about 3,000 gallons per hour and is a good idea if your area is flood-prone or if your discharge pipe needs to rise more than 10 feet to move the water outside. A ¾ HP unit can move more than 5,000 gallons an hour.
You may be better served by having a second sump pump installation in another part of the basement. Our Cincinnati plumbing services will look at the configuration of your basement or crawlspace. We’ll show you all of your options and make the best recommendation for your needs and your budget.
Types of Sump Pumps
A submersible sump pump keeps the motor in a waterproof casing. Those made of cast-iron are extra long-lasting and the groundwater keeps it cooler, reducing wear. A pedestal type is usually made of heavy-duty plastic, but because the motor is kept above water, this budget-friendly option can be long lasting with proper maintenance.
Having a backup is just as important as size. If a big storm knocks out your electricity, you want it to keep working. We offer sump pump battery backup as well as models that are powered by the home’s water pressure.
Not ready for replacement? We can also repair worn pit liners, electrical wiring and discharge pipes.
Don’t wait until you need it most and it won’t work. Call us, the Cincinnati Plumbers now to install a sump pump in Cincinnati, Loveland, Mason, Madeira, and nearby cities in Ohio.