April Showers, Bring May Flowers…Rain, Rain, Go Away, Come Again Another Day…
It’s that time of year again…Some things in your home are easy to ignore & forget about, until you have a problem. Don’t let a flood be that problem… Prepare your home with a sump pump!
“What is it?” and “Why do I need one?” are only the beginning of the most commonly asked questions about sump pumps. Especially in Ohio, where we know we live in a predominantly wet area. Where there is always the potential for flooding in your home’s basement or crawl space.
Our local communities are filled with underground water tables, rivers, streams, creeks, lakes etc. If communities are built too close to a water table, you could be living with water in your basement every year, especially in the years we do have higher than average snow and rainfall.
What exactly is a sump pump and what is its purpose? Sump pumps are electrical pumps that are usually located in basements to drain water out in case of flooding. In areas where flooding is common, the pump is generally located below the water line or may be placed below the sewer line. The main goal is to eliminate the possibility of water overflowing into your living areas, and prevent damage to your personal property and assets. Even an inch of standing water can be detrimental in a finished basement with furniture and carpeting.
How do you/should you maintain a sump pump? Typically sump pumps will operate up to a period of five-seven years maintenance free. Yet it’s important to check them monthly, especially before rainy seasons, or times of the year when you are more susceptible to flooding. Cleaning the sump pit (the hole dug into the ground to collect water) from debris will keep the pump working in most cases. Dirt, sand, and gravel may accumulate within the pump itself, clogging the pump to the point of making it inoperable. A routine check by a plumber can give you piece of mind.
What choices do you have in sump pumps & battery backup systems? Generally speaking, the most common sump pump is called a submersible sump pump, which is located down inside the sump pit. It’s usually enclosed in a sealed housing unit to prevent electrical short circuits when water collects in the pit. To go along w/ your primary, submersible sump pump is a battery backup system. This 2nd/backup system can save you in the event of a power outage. This is all too common around the Miami Valley region in which we live in. A battery backup can run up to 6 straight hours on a fully charged battery.
We supply & install Blue Angel brand sump pumps & battery backup systems. Blue Angel Pumps are made in the USA. Contact us today to learn more!