One of the hardest working plumbing units in your home is the sump pump. By pumping excess water away from the foundation of your home, the sump pump can protect your basement, cellar or crawlspace from flooding. At Tampa Bay Plumbing, we know how important it is for this unit to work reliably which is why we are committed to providing the best repair and installation services in the area.
What Type of Home would Benefit from a Sump Pump?
Many homeowners in Florida rely on sump pumps. These systems are designed using a series of French drains that collect the excess water in a tank. Once the water in the tank reaches a certain level, a pump is triggered that pumps the water away from your home.
These units are helpful in almost any home, but specifically in homes that are in low-lying areas with excess groundwater or in homes that have basements, crawlspaces or cellars. Many people use them for preventative measures only, but other homeowners rely on their pumps on a daily basis.
Common Sump Pump Problems
Making sure your pump is working correctly at all times will ensure that your home is covered against water damage or flooding. Some of the most common problems we see with these units include:
- Incorrectly sized units pose a problem to homeowners since an improper size can work too hard or too little when it comes to pumping the water away from your home. The units must be sized to properly accommodate the amount of water you need to be moved.
- The flow rate of the unit is also important. We often see systems with incorrect flow rates, which can cause problems for the homeowner.
- If you only rely on your pump for emergencies, it may seize up from being inactive. If you are worried that your unit has seized, pour some water in the tank to see if the pump triggers on. If not, it may be time to call a professional.
Types of Units
There are two main types of sump pumps that serve different purposes. A submersible unit is better for homeowners who regularly rely on the system since the flow rate is faster and the pump can be submerged in water. A pedestal pump is ideal for people who will need it for emergencies since the flow rate is slower.
If you need Sump Pump Repair or Replacement, call a professional right away to get the problem solved safely and quickly. Call us at (727) 223-6400 now.