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The Benefits of Upgrading Your Sump Pump

Homeowners dread the day they discover flooding or excess moisture in their basement. Not only can storm waters damage your belongings but even a small accumulation of water can lead to mold and mildew that can creep into your things overtime. It’s important to install and maintain the right sump pump for your unique home.

What is a Sump Pump?

Your sump pump plays a major role in keeping your basement or cellar safe and dry, especially when wet weather overwhelms your drains and grounds around your home. How do sump pumps work? Traditionally, sump pumps are placed within small basins carved in the ground of the lowest point of your home—typically a basement or a crawlspace. 

When water accumulates in the basement, the sump pump activates and sends the water back outside. A one-way valve lives inside the pipe of the sump pump to keep water from flowing back into your home once it is removed from your basement.

Reasons to Upgrade Your Sump Pump

If you’ve inherited a sump pump from the last homeowners or you recently got stuck with a flooded basement during a storm, it may be time to look for a better alternative. Each year, sump pumps become more advanced and our team of sump pump specialists can help you design the right installation for your home’s design and regional climate.

Reason 1: It Runs Solely on Electricity

Most sump pumps work off of the electricity in your home, which can lead to some obvious issues if a bad storm cuts the power. Many modern sump pumps come with rechargeable backup batteries to ensure that your pump remains on when you need it most. If your sump pump does not currently allow for an external battery, this simple upgrade provides peace of mind no matter the storm.

Reason 2: The Motor Frequently Burns Out

If you’re consistently having to repair your sump pump after a storm, you may be dealing with the wrong size model or basin for your home. You may also detect an issue if you pump is frequently cycling on or off—or rarely turning off at all.  When the basin is too small, the sump pump has to work overtime to keep up with the rising water level. Our technicians can increase the size of your basement’s basin as well as suggest a pump more appropriate for the level of water that accumulates on a regular basis.

Reason 3: You Can Hear Your Sump Pump From Upstairs

When your sump pump activates, you shouldn’t hear anything other than a low hum. Any loud noises usually indicate that your system is about to break down. Anything from the motor to the impeller could be jammed or simply worn down. Since your sump pump only switches on in times of accumulating water, you may not know there is an issue until it is too late. Use these early sounds as a sign to call your sump pump team.

Our Plumbing Experts

What if your sump pump is working well and water is still pooling in your basement? If you find puddles frequently pooling downstairs and your new sump pump is working on overdrive, you may have a larger issue with your plumbing. Luckily, the ARS / Rescue Rooter plumbers are ready to get to the bottom of the issue. We can provide extensive plumbing tune-ups and sump pump replacements so you’re ready for storm season before it arrives.

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