Do you dread heavy rainstorms because you know you’re going to have to deal with an inch of water in your basement? Well put the shop-vac away, because there’s a better solution – you just need to fix your sump pump! At Maryland Plumbing, we offer sump pump testing and repair services for families throughout the Maryland, Virginia & Washington, DC area so you can keep your house safe from water damage during heavy rainstorms!
For the uninitiated, a sump pump is a pump installed at the lowest point in your house, in a hole called the sump pit. Any water that gets into your home’s foundation is collected in the sump pit and redirected away from the house.
Your sump pump is activated by a float switch, which rises and falls along with the water level, much like the float switch in your toilet. When the switch reaches a certain height, the pump activates to move all the water out of the house.
Sump Pump Testing
The best thing you can do to make sure your sump pump will keep your home protected from water damage is test it once every few months. This is easy to do – just pour a bucket or so of water into the sump pump and wait until the pump kicks on. If it does, that’s good – this means it will activate during a rainstorm. If it doesn’t, that’s bad! Have your sump pump repaired as soon as possible, otherwise the next rainstorm could put you in deep trouble – literally!
Sump Pump Repair
Having a clogged toilet or slow drain can be annoying, but it’s something you can live with. On the other hand, repairing a busted sump pump shouldn’t wait – you never know when the big rainstorm will hit, and if your sump pump isn’t prepared, it could mean big trouble!
Sump Pump Battery Backups
Another useful thing to have with your sump pump is a battery backup system. Think about it – a lot of heavy storms knock out the power, and a lot of heavy storms are accompanied by heavy rains. If heavy rains start flooding into your basement and the power to your sump pump is knocked out, it’s not going to do you any good! Most sump pump battery backups use car or boat batteries, meaning they charge up while the main power is on and are fully charged when it goes off – perfect for the occasional heavy thunderstorm.
If you want a local plumber to come out and inspect your sump pump, or if a sump pump test has shown that you need sump pump repair, call Maryland Plumbing!