For homeowners who live in damp areas or have high water tables, a sump pump is an essential piece of equipment in the home. It helps prevent water damage in your basement for a cleaner, healthier space and lower maintenance costs. Here's what your plumber wants you to know about your sump pump.
FAQ About Sump Pumps
What is a sump pump?
This system consists of a drainage tank below the floor level of your basement and a pump. Water that seeps into your basement is diverted to the tank. When the water level gets high enough, the pump turns on and empties the tank, sending the water to a sewer or other location where it won't cause damage.
Who needs a sump pump?
If any part of your home extends below ground level, you need a sump pump to deal with the moisture from the surrounding soil. Different homes will need different pump capacities, depending on the amount of water in the area and the size of the basement or crawl space.
What types of sump pumps are there?
The two main types of sump pumps are submersible, which goes inside the tank, and pedestal, which sits on top. Pedestal pumps are easier to maintain since they're more accessible, but they are also visible and take up room in your basement.
When should I call my plumber to fix my sump pump?
If your sump pump turns on and off frequently, there might be a problem with the controls or the unit could be the wrong size for your home. If it runs constantly, it’s not powerful enough to keep up with the amount of water getting in, and you'll need to ask your plumber to replace it. Flooding in your basement calls for emergency plumbing work to either open the clogged drain leading from your water tank or fix a broken pump.
If you need a plumber for your sump pump or any other emergency, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Minneapolis, MN. For 45 years, they have served Hennepin County with attentive 24-hour service, covering a full range of plumbing issues. They have earned an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau®, thanks to their commitment, punctuality, and skills. To schedule an inspection, call (612) 217-7759 or visit them online.