Sump Pump Repair Service, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, and Palm Beach, FL
Different types of pumps play a significant role in the maintenance, modification, and upgrading of plumbing systems. They can serve several important purposes, including flood prevention, increased flow of water, increased water pressure, or even add to the aesthetic appeal of your indoor or outdoor property. At General Plumbing, we are knowledgeable specialists in the pump industry and can answer any questions you have: on which pumps may be useful for you in your West Palm Beach area home, pump purchasing and installation, pump maintenance, and more.
Sump Pump Installation
For those homeowners who may not know, a sump pump is a submersible pump that will sit in the bottom of your sump pit. It is typically installed at the absolute lowest point in your basement or inside of a crawl space in the home. The point of this installation job is to channel ground water that surrounds your home’s foundation into a drain system. This water is diverted into the sump pit, where the pump removes the water when automatically turned on.
More often than not, a sump pump is hard-wired into the electrical system or simply plugged into a nearby outlet. Most sump pumps come with a backup battery system, just in case something goes wrong with the electricity.
Overall, it is wise to have a sump pump installed in your home to prevent your basement from flooding and experiencing water damage.
Sump Pump Replacement
Like most equipment installed within your home that has numerous moving parts and is wired electrically, the sump pump will ultimately wear down over time, and you will be forced to replace the entire system. There is no indication when the sump pump will begin to fail and need to be replaced, so it ultimately depends on how the pump operates at the time. Heavy use will often mean the pump starts to wear down quickly.
If you discover that your sump pump is not working as it should, it would be best to call in the professionals of General Plumbing as soon as possible. Our trained technicians can examine the system and perform any necessary repairs before any worsening damage occurs or flooding begins to happen. More often than not, homeowners catch the issue promptly, allowing us to fix the issue without any damage whatsoever.
Common Sump Pump Problems
If you have a basement, you should also have a working sump pump. Like most major fixtures and appliances, however, sump pumps can break down. This is usually as the result of mechanical failures. However, everything from malfunctioning parts to heavy usage can cause issues in sump pumps.
Here are a few of the most common sump pump problems:
- An overwhelmed system – Oftentimes, a single sump pump cannot handle all the needs of a large home or building. The pump may not be strong enough to displace the volume of water that pours in during heavy rains.
- No water – If the sump pump is actively working even though there is no water, it is almost certainly improperly installed. It’s also possible that the pump has not been properly connected to the drainage system.
- Clogged pump – If the sump pump doesn’t have a lid, it may become dirty or even clogged over time.
Sump Pump Maintenance
A sump pump, like any tool in your home, requires careful maintenance to function properly. You can get started on basic maintenance by testing the pump’s performance. You can do this by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit. The pump should automatically remove the water from the pit, and then shut itself off after a few seconds. Furthermore, the float and check valve should work freely.
Next, to clean the sump pit, remove any dirt, sand, or other accumulated debris. This will increase the overall efficiency of the pump and considerably extend its lifespan. You should make sure that the discharge line opening is completely free of any debris or obstructions, so that water can be freely pumped through it. If you feel you cannot perform such maintenance on your own, call General Plumbing. A misstep could lead to costly repairs. If you’re ever in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals.
Specific pumps we specialize in consist of the following:
- Sump Pumps are great for flood prevention and preserving the infrastructure of your home.
- Booster Pumps will significantly increase the percentage of your water flow.
- Fountain Pumps are used to promote the flow of water in functional or decorative indoor or outdoor fountain structures.
- Hot Water Recirculation Pumps bring you the convenience of hot water at every faucet whenever you need it, and they save thousands of gallons of water each year.
There are a number of other pumps with varied functionalities, and this represents only some of the pumps we specialize in. If you would like to learn more about pumps or are trying to decide if pump installation may be beneficial in your family’s life, give General Plumbing of West Palm Beach a call today! Our experienced technicians are available to answer any of your questions to ensure your plumbing needs are fulfilled. If your business or residence is ever in need of professional plumbing services from a reputable plumbing company, call General Plumbing.
How much is a new sump pump?
Many homeowners will gawk at the price of a sump pump, but sump pumps are well worth the investment. They are located in a hole known as a sump hole, which is in the basement at the lowest point on the floor. Any water that enters the basement is immediately drained away from home. The cost for an efficient sump pump will depend on the style you install in your home. For example, a pedestal sump pump, which sits atop a pedestal with a hose that enters the sump reservoir, costs around $60 for the unit itself. A submersible, on the other hand, sits inside of the tank. These units are quieter and considered more efficient. The cost ranges from $100 to $400 for the unit.
How much does it cost to install a sump pump?
Sump pumps are a unique investment for homeowners because they work on a daily basis to protect your home’s foundation from flooding. By installing the sump pump at the lowest point of your basement, our technicians ensure no flood water damages your home. Of course, the installation process can be considered a significant investment for most homeowners in the region. At General Plumbing, we offer a comprehensive quote of our services plus the parts and pieces we use to complete the job. You will always know where your money is going when you work with one of our professional plumbing technicians. The cost will vary depending on numerous factors, including the type of pump you want to be installed, the type of flooring you have, the location of the pump, and your geographic location. We will factor in each of these when providing a quote.
Why do I need a sump pump in my basement?
A sump pump is a valuable tool for any homeowner. The pump eliminates moisture and prevents flood damage to your home’s foundation. Over 60% of American homeowners have some form of moisture in their basement and crawlspaces. Many of these basements will flood at one point or another, and moisture is the leading cause of mold and mildew growth in the home. It is important to have a sump pump professionally installed in the basement. If you live in a region where excessive snow or rainfall occur regularly, a sump pump is a smart investment to make early on in your home’s lifespan. At General Plumbing, our experienced technicians will survey your home and recommend a particular model or style of pump for your home. When you’re ready, we can install the pump promptly.
What is the purpose of a backflow valve in the sump?
A backflow valve, also called a check valve, forces water to move in a single direction through the pump. By successfully preventing water from moving in the opposite direction, the backflow valve will reduce the chances of flooding within the sump pit. Without the valve, your sump pump will automatically shut itself off once a certain amount of water is removed from the sump pit. The water that remains in the pipes, however, will fall back into the sump pit, raising the water level higher. The sump pump will be unable to keep up with the work required, leading to damages to the pump and flooding in your basement. Our trained technicians can install a backflow valve in your sump pump and decrease the chances of damage or flooding in the home.