Sump Pump Installation in Memphis, TN
Flooded basements can cause a lot of damage – and could bring down the value of your property. It doesn't need to rain for a basement to flood. A high water table or a damaged drain pipe can also cause basement flooding. In these situations, you’ll be very relieved that you have a sump pump.
Sump pumps will solve most basement flooding and leaking issues as they are designed to remove water from basements and crawlspaces.
What is a Sump Pump?
A sump pump sits at the bottom of a sump pit, installed at the lowest point in your basement or crawl space. As water moves in around the foundation or rises up from the water table, the drainage system collects the water, and diverts it to the sump. The sump pump then pulls this water out of the pit and takes it away from your home with the aid of pipes, drying the basement in the process. The water is pumped it to the nearest storm drain, dry well or detention pond. A sump pump turns on only when water inside the sump pit reaches a pre-determined level.
Most new homes are equipped with sump pumps but older homes can be retrofitted with a sump system to prevent basement flooding.
Sump Pump Installation
Sump pumps can be hard-wired into a home’s electrical system or be plugged into an outlet. Many sump pumps are equipped with a battery backup to ensure that the pump will work when the power is out, such as during a severe storm when it’s especially important that water is pumped away from your home.
Sump Pump Maintenance
Test your sump pump regularly to make sure it will operate when the next big downpour occurs. Test it by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit. The pump should turn on, remove the water from the pit and shut itself off in a matter of seconds. Ensure that the float and the check valve move freely. It keeps your property dry, but homeowners need to maintain it for continued protection.
Sump Pump Replacement and Repair
Like any equipment with moving parts, sump pumps will wear out over time and will need to be replaced. There is no general rule on how often a sump pump should be replaced since it depends on how often the pump operates. If your sump pump is not working, call in the experts at Above and Beyond Plumbing and Electric to assess the situation.