Could your home benefit from a sump pump? Many homeowners in the San Francisco, CA area depend on sump pumps to keep their homes protected from flooding. At Magic Plumbing, we’re homeowners too; we provide the most comprehensive sump pump repairs and installations.
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Who Needs a Sump Pump
Sump pumps literally pump excess water away from the foundation of your home. Homes with crawlspaces, basements or cellars could benefit from installing a sump pump. During times of heavy rain, water entering the foundation of your home will drain into the sump pump. Once the pump reaches a certain level, it will kick in and begin to remove the water.
Common Sump Pump Problems
Some of the most common issues we see with sump pumps include:
- Incorrectly sized units - When a sump pump is installed, the volume of water expected should be considered. If the drainage area is too big for the pump to manage, you will experience problems.
- Flow rate issues - The same way the drainage area must be considered, so should the flow rate. If a pump with a slow flow rate is installed in a home that needs quick drainage, there will be flooding.
- Seized units - Many homeowners use their pumps for emergencies only. Unused pumps can seize. The best way to test if your pump has seized is by pouring water into the pump. If it kicks on, it’s working. If it does not turn on, call a professional.
- Battery backups - If you are planning to use your sump pump in emergencies, you should prepare for power outages. Making sure your sump pump has a working battery backup will make sure you are covered all the time.
What Kind of Pump Should I Install?
There are two main types of sump pumps available to homeowners. They both have many benefits. Your trusted plumber at Magic Plumbing can help you decide which one is right for you:
- Usually drains water at a faster rate
- Can be submerged in water
- Will last longer and are more durable, making them perfect for homes who will be using the sump pump regularly
- The motor for the pump is located on a raised pedestal
- Cannot be submerged in water
- The flow rate is slower, making the unit ideal for homes who need it for preventative measures only.