August 25, 2014
Battery Backups Will Help in the Event of a Power Outage
Rain is one of those weather events that can happen any time, any season. While most common in those early spring months, you can expect to see it all year round. That’s why it’s important to ensure your sump pump is prepared for anything.
A sump pump is your first line of defense against flooding in your basement or crawl space. A pump that’s working properly will move all excess water outside so it doesn’t damage the items you have stored in those spaces. And, more importantly, it eliminates the fear of water endangering the structural integrity of your home.
But, despite their general reliability, problems can arise and when they do you need to call in a Feehan Plumbing expert. We can get it fixed for you quickly so you can always be sure your mementos are kept safe – and dry.
Top 5 Sump Pump Problems and Solutions
- Frozen discharge line: In those cold winter months that just never seem to end, your line can become frozen rendering it unable to move water outside the home. To remedy this, our team can install a special fitting to keep it from clogging when the weather turns frigid.
- Power outage: In a torrential rain storm, with lightning and thunder in tow, it’s entirely possible that your sump pump – which needs power to operate – will fail. The solution to this problem is an easy one: Get a battery backup pump which turns on the instant an outage is detected
- Drainage problems: Is your pump working properly, but you’re still seeing water? If so, you should probably have a drain system installed to capture water before it can reach the floor.
- Overwhelmed pump: Depending on the severity of the storm, or how likely you are to get water in your home, your pump can become overwhelmed. This means that it can’t handle the amount of water coming into it and will likely flood the space. A battery backup system is a good idea here, too, because it will automatically engage if more pumping capacity is needed.
- Pump is old: Like other appliances, as things age they become less efficient so replacing your pump every five to seven years is highly recommended.
Don’t risk your home flooding because of a broken sump pump. Just call Feehan Plumbing today and we’ll be right over!
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