Sump Pumps and Battery Backup Sump Pumps for the Greater Cincinnati Area
The American Society of Home Inspectors shares that over 60 percent of U.S. homes have underground moisture issues. Many Cincinnati area homeowners are statistically likely to face a basement or crawl space flood at some point.
Flooding in basements and crawl spaces causes significant water damage, with most incidents costing several thousands of dollars to remedy. Flooding below the home poses a risk of structural damage as well as damage to home furnishings and irreplaceable items commonly stored in these areas of a home.
Avoid these ‘what ifs’ and the high price they pose when you have a key piece of plumbing equipment installed in your home – a sump pump. Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing installs, repairs, and maintains sump pumps of all types for Cincinnati area homeowners. Take steps to protect your home today and contact us to learn more about sump pump installation and services.
What Is a Sump Pump? How Do Sump Pumps Work?
A sump pump is a type of pump that is used to remove excess water from low-lying areas, such as a home’s basement or crawl space. Through the removal of water, the areas are kept dry and flooding risks are minimized as well as mold and mildew growth.
Sump pumps are installed within or atop the sump, also called the sump pit. The sump pit is a small pit positioned at the lowest point of the area, which gathers water as it naturally flows to this point.
When the sump pit’s water level reaches a certain point, the sump pump activates and begins to remove the excess water from the sump. Water is pumped through the system’s discharge pipe which carries it to a safe location away from the home’s structure.
Types of Sump Pumps Used in Cincinnati Homes
Primary sump pumps are the basement or crawl space’s first line of defense against rising water levels. A submersible sump pump sits within the sump pit – its float switch is activated when water level rises from low to high, signaling the pump to work and expel water from the area. Pedestal sump pumps sit on a stand that extends over the sump basin and are not submersible.
Battery Backup Sump Pumps – a Second Line of Defense
A sump pump is a great solution to protect our homes from flooding, but what happens if:
- There is a power outage?
- The primary sump pump breaks down?
- The float switch malfunctions?
Sadly, the answer is that your sump pump won’t work as it should, and your basement or crawl space may flood.
To prevent this unfortunate situation, you could install a battery backup sump pump. Sump pumps can fail for all kinds of reasons: lack of professional maintenance, loss of power, age, manufacturer defect, component failure; so, a battery backup sump pump delivers an extra level of protection in case you ever need it.
How Do Battery Backup Sump Pumps Work?
Battery backup sump pumps are redundant, serving strictly as a backup should the primary sump pump fail to turn on and/or operate as needed. This pump uses a battery power supply to ensure it has access to power should a utility outage occur. While located next to the main unit, its key purpose is to do the job of the main sump pump in the event of a failure, the battery backup sump pump can also operate to assist the main sump pump if more help is needed to manage rising groundwater levels.
The installation of a battery backup sump pump offers protection for your protective primary sump pump. In the event of a power or mechanical failure, all is not lost – the backup unit continues to do the job of the primary, managing groundwater levels to keep the basement or crawl space dry.
Sump Pump Repair in Cincinnati – 24-Hr Availability
Sump pump failure constitutes a plumbing emergency, as it opens up your home to greater risk of basement or crawl space flooding. However, most Cincinnati homeowners don’t find out their primary sump pumps have failed until it’s too late – they have flooding and water damage.
Don’t set yourself up to incur the high price of basement flooding and water damage – be proactive regarding sump pump care. It’s easy to forget your sump pump needs attention as it’s hidden out of the way, but make a point to inspect the unit each month to determine if you need to call a plumber for repairs.
Maintenance for Sump Pumps
Just as your home’s other critical systems, sump pumps require maintenance to ensure continued performance when it counts. Have your sump pump professionally serviced by a Thomas & Galbraith plumber each year. Each maintenance visit provides the preventive care your unit needs to maintain performance levels when in operation. Your plumber will inspect all pump components, ensure the sump pit is clear of debris that could clog the pump, and verify all battery backup units are properly charged.
When you invest in maintenance care for your sump pump, this service is yet another layer of protection working toward keeping your Cincinnati home’s basement or crawl space dry.
Cincinnati Sump Pump Replacement & Installation Options
Your current sump pump will not last forever – most achieve a service life of around 10 years, though the number can vary based on usage and maintenance. Before your old unit dies out, start your search for a sump pump replacement.
Sump pumps are not one size fits all – there are numerous options available! With so many options, the choice can seem overwhelming to the average Cincinnati area homeowner who’s due for a new sump pump.
Don’t sweat – there’s no need to travel this road alone! Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing’s knowledgeable plumbers are here to help evaluate options, answer your questions, and guide you through the purchase process so you can feel at ease with your final decision.
Taking your home and its specifics into consideration, our plumbers offer expert advice regarding which type of primary sump pump should be considered, the appropriate horsepower your new pump needs to offer to perform, and more. We are here to answer the questions you have and provide guidance based on your home’s needs, such as if a submersible sump pump is a better option versus a pedestal model.
New sump pumps come with low to high price tags. There are many options available that deliver the specifications your home requires, but what if the price is beyond your budget?
Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing wants to keep Cincinnati households protected, and we know just how important a reliable sump pump is to this mission. Use our great financing deals to access affordable repayment terms and reduced rates which help make this essential purchase more budget friendly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Examine the sump pump unit and ensure that it’s plugged in. Test the sump pump by using a bucket of water, slowly pouring it into the basin and watch and listen for the sump pump to cycle on. Check the sump float and make sure it activates the pumping mechanism. Check for any clogs in the pump and inspect the outlet pipe (located outside your house) to see if there’s any blockage or damage.
Sump pumps are usually installed in the lowest part of a basement or crawlspace. It will be found in a pit like structure.
Sump pumps send water away from your house to any place where the water is no longer problematic, such as a drain storm or dry well.
Most sump pumps turn on automatically through a float activator arm or a pressure sensor.
Yes. Sump pumps make noise when they run. As water runs through the sump pump, it moves air out - which is what causes the sound. It should be minimal noise.
Your sump pump could be clogged. Over time the sump pump can accumulate dirt and silt. Another reason your sump pump may not be draining is because the float switch is clogged or jammed.
There are many reasons why a sump pump is constantly running. The sump pump may have a malfunction, or you may have another plumbing issue that’s causing the sump pump to constantly run.
Sump pump installation can cost anywhere from $500 - $1,200.
In most cases, standard homeowner insurance policies do not provide coverage for sump pump failures. It is important to have backup sump pump installed to help prevent damage from your primary sump pump failing.
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