Here in Chicago’s Southwest Suburbs, we can experience heavy rainfall or flooding. If you own a home, you
may already be familiar with sump pumps.
A sump pump is an electric device which is installed within a basin in the lowest part of a basement or
crawlspace to prevent flooding and water damage. It automatically pumps out any water what pours in the
sump pit. By removing the water before it reaches the top of the pit, the sump pump keeps the area dry and,
therefore, helps to prevent structural damage to the building and other items in the basement.
We thought we would share a few interesting facts about sump pumps with you:
Importance of Sump Pump Maintenance
Like any mechanical device, sump pumps require regular maintenance to ensure they work properly. We
highly recommend that you test your sump pump at least once a year by pouring water into the sump pit to
make sure the pump turns on and off correctly. Periodically inspect the discharge pipe or hose to ensure
nothing blocks the way and that water makes its way away from the building.
Choosing the Right Size Sump Pump
You should select the correct size sump pump for your needs. A sump pump’s capacity is measured in gallons
per minute (GPM) or gallons per hour (GPH). The pump must be able to push the water up a vertical pipe
which tends to be 7’ to 10’ tall to a 90-degree elbow and then out ideally more than 10’ away from the house
via a pipe or hose. Most of the time a ⅓ HP sump pump should work. However, some homes require ½ HP
pumps to get the job done.
Backup Sump Pumps
In the event of a power outage or mechanical failure, we highly recommend having a backup sump pump.
Battery backup systems automatically turn on if the primary pump fails. Some newer backup systems offer
remote monitoring via mobile device. When the power goes out, many systems will sound an alarm to alert you
that the backup will take over.
Installation of Sump Pumps
Experts agree that, for the best outcome, a professional plumber should install your sump pump. The sump pit
should be dug deep enough to allow for proper drainage, and the lining should be properly set to avoid leaks.
The pump should be securely fastened to prevent it from tipping over or moving when it kicks on. A plumber
will also properly install the discharge pipe or hose to direct water away from the building.
Having a sump pump professionally installed protects your home from water damage. Regular maintenance
and proper installation assure you that your pump works properly when you need it most.
If you need your sump pump maintained or replaced, don’t hesitate; the Spring rains will arrive before you
know it. We have already had a taste of it this year. Contact your Dependable, Reliable, and Courteous
neighborhood plumber at DRC. Our experts will help you to select the right pump for your needs, and you can
rest assured knowing that the installation with work worry free for years to come.