April showers bring more than May flowers. Rainy days can bring plumbing disasters, especially if your home has a basement or crawl space. Rain or natural ground water can enter your home through a perimeter drain. If the water has nowhere to go, the water will fill a pit in your basement and that's when the flooding begins.
As your local and neighborhood plumbing company, Hope Plumbing wants to make sure you find the best sump pump for your home. Below are 5 facts every homeowner should know about sump pumps:
1. Homes with a basement or crawl space are perfect candidates for sump pumps. Does your basement or crawl space flood when it rains? If so, you should invest in a sump pump for your home. The sump pump will help prevent flooding nightmares that many homeowners face during the rainy months.
2. Sump pumps should be installed at the lowest level of the basement. Your sump pump pushes water away from the house before water even reaches the basement floor level. Many times, the sump pump removes the water by pumping it into a dry well or storm drain.
3. Battery backup sump pumps are a wise investment. Do you find that your sump pump stops working when you need it the most? When a bad storm strikes, lightening and strong winds can knock out power lines. Having a battery backup sump pump helps keep your basement from flooding when the electricity goes out. You can call a professional like Hope Plumbing to install your backup sump pump.
4. Sump pump lines can freeze just like water lines. If sump pump lines aren't buried at the proper depth, lines can begin to freeze once temperatures hit the freezing mark.
5. Test your sump pump at least once every three months. You don't want to find out your sump pump isn't working during the middle of a storm. At minimum, you should test your sump pumps once a year. Testing your system is really simple. Grab a 5 gallon bucket, fill it with water, and slowly pour water into the sump pump until the float triggers activate your pump. Watch the water level drop and if everything is working properly, the sump pump will shut back off once the water drops below the shutoff level.
At Hope Plumbing, we install Zoeller® sump pumps and battery-powered backup sump pumps. We can also install most homeowner supplied sump pumps and backups. Call our office today at 317-488-1532 to schedule an appointment or inquire about pricing.