The vast majority of homeowners eventually face water problems in the basement either from flooding, leaking pipes, or bursting pipes. Consequently, to mitigate water damage, a sump pump is often used to extract water from the basement. A sump pump is a small pump often installed in the basement of the house to send water to a more adequate location, such as a sloping backyard or municipal sewer.
Sump pumps are usually placed in a sump pit in the basement, which works as a reservoir for excessive groundwater and storm water. It is common for homes to have sump pits built on the basement floor. If this is your case, all you need is the pump. On the other hand, if your home is not equipped with a sump pit, a drainage expert contacted for you by American Loss consultant will be able to tell you if it is possible to adapt your one to your basement.
Types of sump pumps
Sump pumps are commonly divided in two groups, pedestal sump pumps and submersible sump pumps:
Pedestal sump pump
Also known as a vertical sump pump, a pedestal sump pump is a centrifugal pump that is vertically suspended from a base plate by means of a suspension spout and a discharge spout. The drive part of the pump is submerged in the sump liquid and remains primed and ready to be started whenever necessary while the motor is placed outside the sump and above the basement floor. The motor is not designed to be submerged in water.
Submersible sump pump
They are low-cost pumps which can be used in high flow rates intended primarily for cleaning turbid water. This type of pump uses a hermetic motor designed to immerse itself in water and generally turns on when it is detected that it has been submerged. The motor is attached directly to the pump casing and is designed to be completely concealed within the sump.
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Why are sump pump used?
Installing a sump pump or submersible pump is the best way to ensure that any water that floods your basement can be removed and pumped out to avoid costly damage.
When drains do not direct water away from the foundation of your home, groundwater that has no other place to go will end up inside your basement. Unfortunately, it is impossible to know if your basement has leaks until they happen.
A sump pump is your last line of defense against flooding. Whether your home is on flat ground or in a low area, a sump pump is ideal for your home. Even if you think your home is sealed properly, water can sometimes find a way to get under a door or other opening that you would not expect. Sump pumps drain water from inside your home and discharge it away from the base so it won’t seep back in. Give American Loss Consultant a call for further information on sump pumps services.
How to install a sump pump?
Although it may seem like a job you can do yourself, installing these devices is definitely a job for a professional. Contact American Loss Consultant to find a professional team that suits your needs.
Ideally, the sump pump basin should be at the lowest location in your basement so that the water flows naturally there. The location should also consider where the electrical outlets are as they will be necessary to operate the pump. Professionals will determine with the appropriate tools which are the lowest area of the basement.
Placement of the pump
Depending on the type of pump to be installed, the professionals will measure the size of the hole they will make and proceed to make the hole with professional tools ensuring that the infrastructure of your home will not be damaged.
Installation of the discharge pipe
Once you have determined where the pump will be installed and you have the hole where it will rest, the next thing to do is to assemble the pipe system that will draw the water from the hole to a convenient place such as a sloping backyard or municipal sewer.
Installation of the pump piping
Once the pump is in place and the piping system has been assembled, the professional team will proceed with the piping system assembly and connect it to the pump following the appropriate procedures for each pump model or manufacturer. Each pump is different and the installation also varies according to the manufacturer, so it is recommended to contact American Loss Consultant to get a crew of qualified professionals to do this work.
Testing the pump
Once the work has been done, professionals will ask you to plug the pump into an outlet to verify its proper operation, it is necessary to pour a bucket of water into the sump tank so you can verify its operation. Turn on the pump to prove that your new sump pump is working and that the internal pipes are not leaking. Get out and make sure the water is being discharged and is being discharged properly and away from the base of your home.
Maintenance of sump pumps
Despite how sturdy and solid they may be or appear to be, sump pumps have parts that are very likely to break because of the conditions they are exposed to. High water pressure, the debris of different sizes and weight, are just a few of the things they find while they are running. Proper maintenance, whether corrective or preventive, is what stands between your safety and the danger of flooding. Not taking care of it can lead to terrible circumstances.
The first thing to do is to test the condition of your sump pumps. The easiest way to check if the pump is working properly is to fill the pump space with water and turn it on to see if it is pumping water into the drain hole. If it is not and the pump is running, there may be clogging of some kind. If this occurs, contact American Loss Consultant to reach a team of professionals to help you solve your maintenance problems.
If something goes wrong with the pump always remember that the professionals contacted by American Loss Consultant know better. Never try to clean the pump yourself. This would not only invalidate the warranty in case of possession but also risks the integrity of the device and can cause even greater damage than it might have.
Always consult the manual for things you can or cannot do to clean your pump. Otherwise, contact the manufacturer and qualified personnel for the maintenance and cleaning of sump pumps. There are other problems unrelated to the pump that may prevent its proper operation. For example, if the drain hole or pipe is clogged it prevents water from flowing properly.
No matter your sump pump needs, American Loss Consultant is able to send a qualified team of professionals your way. We are privileged to connect our esteemed customers with our portfolio of exceptional service providers in order to present the best assistance in your area.
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