A sump pump is a critical component for keeping your home safe from water damage. If you live in an area that experiences flooding, a sump pump is key to preventing water from infiltrating your home and causing hundreds or thousands of dollars in damage. Call the sump pump experts at Quahog Plumbing today to determine how a sump pump installation can protect your valuable property.
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How A Sump Pump Installation Protects Your Home
If you have a basement in your Somerset home, you need a sump pump. Sump pumps are systems designed to prevent basement flooding and protect your home against water damage.
Here are just a few advantages of a sump pump installation.
Guards Against Mold & Mildew
The presence of moisture encourages the growth of mold and mildew in your home. Besides the musty odors that come from this, your family is exposed to serious health risks such as increased allergic reactions and respiratory problems. If you have a sump pump, and water enters your basement, the system directs the water out of the house, keeping it dry and free from mold.
Prevents Electrical Fires
You may not realize it, but flooding is a primary cause of electrical fires in the home. If water floods your basement, it could come into contact with electrical wires, which can short circuit and cause fires. Installing a sump pump protects your home against this.
Prevents Flood Damage
Sump pumps are designed to handle large amounts of water during torrential rains. If you store valuable items in your basement, and live in an area where flooding is a concern, a sump pump gives you the peace of mind knowing that your house and possessions are safe.
Sump Pumps Increase Property Value
If you decide to sell your home down the road, future buyers will be more apt to buy if they know that you have a sump pump that’s kept the property dry and will offer future protection.
To find out more about how sump pumps protect your home, call the pros at Quahog Plumbing.
How To Maintain A Sump Pump
Sump Pump maintenance is crucial for keeping your pump in tip-top shape and ensuring it’s ready to work when needed.
Here are a few tips for keeping your sump pump in working condition.
- If the water from your washing machine is disposed of via your sump pump, clean the inlet screen every month.
- lf the pump doesn’t dispose of water from the washing machine, plan on cleaning the screen quarterly.
- Once a year, remove the sump pump to clean the unit and the pit.
- Call a professional once a year to inspect your sump pump to ensure it’s working properly.
Not only does regular sump pump maintenance ensure the system will work as needed, it extends its lifespan, giving you many years of protection.
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5 Signs You Need Sump Pump Replacement
Many homeowners neglect their sump pumps, thinking it's a set it and forget it device. However, like any machine, your sump pump isn’t built to last forever.
Here are the top five signs it’s time to replace your sump pump.
It’s probably safe to say that most homeowners have no idea how old their sump pump is. If you’ve had your sump pump for 10 years or more, it’s time to replace it.
If the unit shows signs of rust or corrosion, replace it. Iron bacteria often causes rust, and produces a gel that clogs sump pump components and other plumbing.
Although your sump pump makes noise during operation, it shouldn’t be loud or make grinding or squealing noises. If your sump pump makes odd noises, call a professional for an inspection.
If your sump pump seems to run constantly, it could be a problem with the switch or the pump itself. Constant running sometimes means the system doesn’t have the power needed to do its job, which means you’ll have to replace it with a more capable model.
A sump pump that runs at the wrong times or continually cycles on and off needs a check-up. It could be an issue with the float or something more complicated like the wiring.