Protecting Your Home from Flooding
Sump pumps are designed to help prevent your basement from flooding. When the water table rises, the sump pump moves the water safely away from the foundation of your home to prevent a flood. If you are interested in installing a sump pump or upgrading your existing pump, Albright's offers sump pump installation in Baltimore to ensure that your home is protected.
Keep in mind that the sump pump that protects your home needs to be reliable, as extensive damage to your home may result if they fail. If they are old, corroded, or otherwise don’t work properly, it may be time for a replacement. A careful inspection should be made to ensure that all switches and valves are in proper operating condition and that your system is equipped with all the necessary components. For instance, if your current sump pump isn’t equipped with battery backup, this poses a problem if you experience a power outage during a storm. After all, this is exactly the time when you need the sump pump to be working and keeping any excess water under control.
If your sump pump begins to make loud noises, this is another sign that it needs to be serviced. Odd noises are usually a sign that there’s a jam, malfunction, or general break down of the pump. If you find that your sump pump is clogged (whether with dirt, gravel, sand, or other debris), it likewise needs professional maintenance. Otherwise, it will lose its effectiveness and eventually break down altogether.
A major sign of a malfunctioning ejector pump is odor. If you notice a bad smell, it’s recommended that you have the pump checked out immediately, as this could indicate issues with the vent or system seals. Any backups or jams—often caused by inappropriate items being flushed down the toilet and getting stuck—also require immediate attention, as any resultant flooding can create a health hazard within your home.
Sump pumps are employed to help prevent basement flooding. The protection they offer is especially important in finished basements containing recreation rooms, offices, and bedrooms. As the water table rises and falls through the seasons, the pump collects excess water and moves it away from your home’s foundation. A variety of pumps and sizes are available including water powered and battery powered back up models for use in areas prone to power outages. We’ll be happy to evaluate your needs and help you select the correct sump pump for your home.
When to Replace Your Sump Pump
Modern basements are often finished to create additional living space, including bedrooms, home offices, and recreation rooms. Basement flooding can be extremely costly when you consider the cost of replacing all your valuable furnishings and equipment if your sump pump fails.
Signs that it may be time to replace your sump pump include:
- Strange noises
- Infrequent use
- Excessive vibration when running
- Irregular cycling
- The pump running for a long time
- Visible rust
- A stuck motor
- A pump that is more than 7 years old
Unfortunately, many homeowners only realize there is a problem with the sump pump when it fails, and by then it is too late. Our plumbing service experts can provide a comprehensive inspection of your sump pump to determine if your pump is working and equipped with all necessary components. If there is a problem, we can replace your sump pump and avoid damage to your property.
Choosing the Right Sump Pump
Sump pumps are available in a variety of sizes and features, such as water-powered models and pumps with a battery backup. Battery backup is an essential feature, as power outages are common during storms. If the power fails and you don’t have a battery backup, your home is at risk of flooding. We can help you choose the best pump for your home and provide expert sump pump installation in Baltimore.
Call (410) 834-0148 to learn more about the options and features available for new sump pumps.
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