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Sump Pump Installation, Maintenance & Repair

Sump pumpWhat is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a pump that sits at the bottom of a sump pit, which is generally installed in a basement or crawl space. Sump pumps send water away from a house in order to protect the foundation and prevent costly water damage. Triggered by a float switch, which removes the water by pumping it away from the home, sump pumps only turn on when water inside the pit reaches a pre-determined level.

Sump Pump Installation

Installing a sump pump is something you should leave to a professional. At Bailey Brothers, you can expect:

  • An in-depth examination of your current drainage.

  • Recommendations for the best options for basement waterproofing and the costs associated.

  • Excellent quality sump pump installation that meets all state and local building codes.

  • A clean area around the install upon completion.

Sump Pump Maintenance

A sump pump will need to be tested at least once a year to ensure that it’s working properly. To do this, pour a bucket of water into the sump pit. The pump should then turn on, drain the water from the pit, then shut itself off within a matter of seconds. Ensure that the float and the check valve move freely.

To clean your sump pit, remove any dirt, sand, gravel and other debris that can get sucked into the pump. This will help to increase the pump’s efficiency and prolong its life. Ensure that the discharge line opening is free of obstructions so that water can be pumped through the line and out of your basement or crawlspace.

Bailey Brother's team of seasoned professionals can perform maintenance on your sump pump as necessary.

Sump Pump Replacement and Repair

Sump pumps will eventually wear out over time and need to be replaced. There is no general rule on how often a sump pump should be replaced since it depends on the quality of the pump and how often it operates. If your sump pump is not working, call Bailey Brothers at 405-741-3737 for a free estimate. We will work with you to determine if your sump pump needs repaired or replaced. We can also help with any basement leak repairs that have occurred in case of a broken sump pump.

Backup Sump Pumps

Sump pumps can either be plugged into an outlet or wired into the home’s electrical system. Because of this, a secondary pump in the event of mechanical failure of the primary pump, or a backup sump pump in the event of a power outage, is necessary.

There are three different types of backup sump pumps: battery-powered, water-powered and dual-powered. Battery-powered backup sump pumps are a second sump pump that removes water from a sump basin through a discharge pipe to the outdoors. These are powered by a battery that will hold a charge for long periods of time. When the primary sump pump fails or the power goes out, the backup sump pump kicks on and removes water from the basement.

Water-powered backup sump pumps use high pressure municipal water supplied by a dedicated water line, which is then triggered by a second float switch in the sump basin, positioned higher than that of the primary. When failure of the primary pump causes the backup to kick on, municipal water begins to flow through a chamber mounted above the sump pit.

Dual-powered backup sump pumps have a battery system but are also plugged into an outlet. If the primary sump pump fails without a power failure, the backup system runs off the home’s AC power. When a power outage occurs, the backup system runs on battery power.

Submersible and Pedestal Sump Pumps  

There are two main types of sump pumps: submersible and pedestal. Submersible pumps are completely submersed in water. Because of this, the noise level from the motor is reduced. Water can also help to cool the motor, which is especially important during extended periods of use. Typically more expensive, these pumps they tend to take up debris more efficiently than pedestal pumps.

Pedestal pumps tend to be less expensive. Mounted atop a long, vertical pole, the pump motor rests above the well housing, where it can be easily accessed. Although their life expectancy is 25–30 years, outliving their submersible counterparts, these pumps tend to be louder and are better designed for a sump pit that is either narrow or shallow. If your sump pump pit contains any solids, you'll want to go with a submersible pump instead.

What You Need to Know Before Installing a Sump Pump

If you notice that cracks are present along your basement walls, it may not be of immediate concern. As a rigid structure, home’s aren’t forgiving, and concrete tends to crack in the event of settling in the supporting bearing soil. If the foundation is rid of excess surrounding water, the water is drained away before problems have time to arise. Should water begin to accumulate around the footing of the foundation, bearing soils may be washed out and premature settling may occur. When it comes to your home’s foundation, water is not welcome.

A sump pump can help by transferring groundwater from the surrounding soil to an underground channel away from the home. However, sump pumps aren’t always needed in every home. If your basement is dry, and doesn't get any water even during the heaviest rains, a sump pump typically doesn’t need to be installed at this time.

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