Do you have a sump pump in your basement to protect against flooding? Some homeowners have no idea if they have one or not. Chances are good, though, that you do. If you hear a particular sound every time it rains a certain amount or you get some good runoff, that’s probably your sump pump, moving water away from your basement to protect your home against flooding.
Sump pumps work by collecting excess water and moving it away from your home. The pump usually has a bucket-like contain with a float. When water collects in the bucket and raises the float to a certain level, the pump starts pumping water away from your house. That way, you never suffer a catastrophic flood in your basement caused by an excess buildup of groundwater.
There are many different sizes of pumps, types of pumps, and different power sources for pumps. Call us at Paramount today and we’ll send out an expert to evaluate your current sump pump or your sump pump needs.
Do You Need a Backup Sump Pump?
One of the things you should think about is whether you need a backup sump pump or at least a backup power source for the one you already have. If you live in an area that suffers a lot of power outages alongside significant storms, then a sump pump that works off your home’s electricity may not meet your needs.
You have several options in cases like these. You can get a backup generator for your home, so your whole house will have power even if the city’s power goes out. You can also get a battery-powered sump pump so that the pump’s power is separate from the power grid. Water powered pumps also exist, or you could install a second sump pump with a separate power source.
Different solutions will be right for different homes. We can evaluate your current setup and help you find the best option so your home is always protected, whether the power is on or not.
Checking Your Sump Pump
You should check your sump pump at least once a year, and preferably two or three times. It’s not hard and it shouldn’t take long to make sure everything is working well.
Get a bucket of water and uncover your sump pump. Locate the float. Then, slowly pour water from your bucket into your pump. You should see the float rise.
When the float hits a certain, predetermined level, the pump should turn on and the water level inside the pump should lower quickly. If the pump doesn’t turn on or the water level doesn’t go down fast, it’s time to call in a professional to look at the pump and diagnose the problem. That way, you don’t risk damage to your home because your sump pump isn’t working.
The vast majority of sump pumps have floats and can be tested like this. If yours is different, look it up by the manufacturer online. You should be able to find instructions for testing it there. You can also give us a call and we’ll send someone out to test your pump and show you how to do it for next time.
Sump Pump Installation
If you don’t have a sump pump, you need a new sump pump, or you’re purchasing a backup pump, we would be happy to handle the installation for you. We’ll help you choose a pump that will work well for your home. We’ll handle ordering it, then bring it to your home for installation. We’ll make sure it’s all done right and test it before we leave, so you can rest easy that your home is protected from groundwater flooding.