There is no home that can survive for long without the occasional plumbing repairs. This is just a fact of life. Sure, there are a lot of steps you can take yourself to prevent the need for plumbing work in the future, but even then, accidents happen and it’s good to have a professional on your site.
Take flooding basements for example. This is a problem you either face a lot or you don’t face at all. If your basement has never flooded before, then consider yourself lucky. Use this time to make sure it doesn’t happen in the future. If you’re on the other side of the coin and have already experienced a wet basement, it’s time to start taking action.
Any time there is unwanted moisture in your house it’s usually a good idea to contact a plumber in the local Chicago area. Simply put, moisture should not accumulate inside. Unfortunately, it does collect in some basements depending on the age, style, and condition of the home. If your basements floods even once, then you should contact an emergency plumbing service.
If it’s not something that can be fixed like a burst pipe or leaking connection, then the standard solution is usually a sump pump. A sump pump is the best possible defense when it comes to protecting your basement from flooding and thus protecting the entirety of your home.
The pump works constantly to pump water out of a sump pit in the basement and pushes it outside the home. It’s very common for homeowners who get early spring floods from the melting snow. It’s also useful for homes built in a sort-of basin where water tends to pool after heavy rains.
Sometimes homes have insufficient drainage on the outside to prevent the water from entering the home around the foundation and flooding the basement. Digging a new drainage system on the outside of the home may be a more permanent solution, but until then it’s only the sump pump that will be able to keep your house dry.
A sump pump is a small pump that rests inside a hole known as a sump pit. The pit is built in the basement at the lowest point. The water that would normally flood in the basement drains into the hole. The sump pump works from inside the hole to pump the water into the closest storm drain, pond, or even well.
The pump doesn’t run around the clock in an attempt to save wasted energy. Instead, there is a small float switch on the outside of the pump. When the water level in the pit rises to a certain level it will trigger the switch and turn on the pump. The pump itself may be hardwired into the electrical system, powered by battery, or simply plugged into the wall.
Our sump pumps are all equipped with backup batteries. The batteries turn on in the case of a power outage to ensure the pump continues working as it should.
We provided professional sump pump installation for any home that has to deal with a flooding basement. That includes digging the pit and installing the pump.
We handle a lot more than just installation services. Even with regular maintenance, something might happen to your pump from time to time. If this does happen, feel free to contact us and we’ll come to your home to find out exactly what the problem is. Our sump pump repair services are the best in Chicago.
The pumps themselves aren’t extremely complex so the repairs are usually fast and affordable. It may be something as simple as a loose valve or broken switch. At any rate, you shouldn’t attempt to repair the pump yourself because it could cause further damage.
That’s not to say you shouldn’t practice some smart maintenance tips in the time between repairs. This includes cleaning the pump and the pit, checking valve, and testing the float. All three of these jobs are pretty easy.
Cleaning the pit is just a matter of removing any debris that might lead to a blockage. The float is what triggers the sump pump and is usually the first component to fail. You can test the integrity of the float by filling the hole with water yourself and checking for activation of the pump. If the pump doesn’t turn on, then contact our professionals and we’ll come replace the float.
All of our sump pumps feature a sump pump battery backup. If your home is caught in the middle of a serious storm that results in flooding and a power outage, then you’ll be glad you had a backup battery there to keep the pump powered.
If you already have a sump pump with a battery that has failed, then it’s time to have the battery replaced. You don’t want to be caught with a dead battery when you need it the most.
A sump pump replacement is slightly more costly and time consuming than a simple repair. You might have several reasons for replacing your pump. Some homeowners replace their pump once it reaches a certain age. Pumps aren’t terribly expensive so it’s often worth the upgrade if the newer model is more effective or energy efficient.
We handle pump replacements in a timely manner and for an affordable fee. Aside from upgrading, you might want to replace your pump after the components have worn down enough to lower the model’s efficiency. At a certain point you’ll begin wasting energy, which is turn wasting money.
Sump pumps don’t have a standard for lifespan. If you aren’t sure if your pump needs to be replaced contact our offices and we’ll check the pump out for you. Our experts can give you a better idea of the condition of your pump and help you decide if a newer model is a better option. Sometimes it is and sometimes it isn’t.
These are just a few of the professional plumbing services we provide to all residents of Chicago. Plumbing problems, especially flooding, isn’t something to push off until the last minutes. Take action today to prevent even bigger problems tomorrow.
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