Sump Pumps, Ejector Pump & Battery Back-Up Systems
Do you have a basement that often experiences flooding or dampness? Commonly found in the basement of homes, a sump pump is a pump used to remove water that has accumulated in a water-collecting sump pit. Sump pumps are often used where basement flooding happens regularly and send water away from a house to any place outside of the home where it is no longer problematic, such as a municipal storm drain or dry well.
Even if you don’t have regular flooding, sump pumps can be useful in any home with a basement. Just a small amount of water on your floor can do extensive damage that can cause you a lot of money down the line as well as health problems from mold and mildew. Our plumbers are experts in performing sump pump maintenance, repair and replacement. Call us today, and we will make sure your sump pump is doing its job to keep your home safe and your basement water-free.
Causes of basement flooding
Some causes of basement flooding include:
- A leak or crack in your home’s basement walls
- Poor lot drainage
- Failure of the weeping tiles (foundation drains)
- Overflowing eavestroughs or leaking/plugged downspout
- blockage in the pipes between your home and the main sewer in the street;
- A back up in your sewer pipes; and…
- Failure of a sump pump
Sump pumps can be crucial in keeping your suburban Chicagoland home free of water and solving basement flooding problems. If not properly taken care of, even slight basement flooding can have negative consequences such as:
- An increase in respiratory problems
- Depreciation of property value due to damage
- Long term damage to your home that may not be covered by insurance
- Insurance rates may rise to compensate for repeated basement flooding claims, and/or the minimum deductible may be increased
If you are experiencing problems with your sump pump, interested in performing sump pump maintenance or would like to install new sump pump equipment, Precision Plumbing, Heating and Cooling can help. We are sump pump experts in:
We offer our courteous, professional and efficient service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All of our workmanship is guaranteed for life, and we offer warrantee coverage for a minimum of one year. Proudly serving suburban Chicagoland…Is today soon enough?
Heavy-Duty Sump Pumps
If you have regular flooding issues in your suburban Chicagoland basement, then you probably have a sump pump. Sump pumps are designed to remove unwanted water, such as surface or ground water that leaks into your home. Sump pumps should be maintained; typical recommendations suggest examining equipment every year. Pumps running frequently due to higher water table, water drainage, or weather conditions should be examined more frequently. Sump pumps, being highly mechanical, will fail eventually, which could lead to a flooded basement requiring costly repairs.
Basement flooding is a serious problem and can be caused by anything from a leak in your basement walls to blockage in the sewer pipe that connects your plumbing to the main line. It can damage your home and chronically wet houses are linked to respiratory problems. If you have repeated basement flooding, it can even hike up your insurance rates. Even if your flooding is localized, it can spread mold through the basement area which can turn into a big problem. Sump pumps work by either pumping the sub-surface water to an existing drain line (if allowed by code) or expels the water outside of the home to a municipal storm drain or dry well. If your home is flooded regularly and you do not have a sump pump, you are losing valuable living space!
Installing a sump pump
Sump pump installation is a big job that involves removing a 24-in.-wide swath of concrete and soil from the inside perimeter of the basement, adding gravel, draintiles and a pit and replacing the concrete. Therefore, we do not recommend that you attempt this installation yourself. Professionals at Precision Plumbing, Heating and Cooling have extensive experience installing and repairing sump pumps and can help you install a new sump pump, or make sure your existing sump pump is in good working condition.
Give us a call!
If you’re ready to have your sump pump inspected or need repair, call Precision Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. We will assess your situation and offer solutions to fit your unique home and budget. You can rely on us to help you with all your sump pump needs, at any time and day that is convenient for you! We will even replace or repair your sump pump on the weekends for no extra charge. All of our services are guaranteed for life, and come with warrantee coverage for a minimum of one year. Proudly serving suburban Chicagoland…Is today soon enough?
Ejector (Sewage) Pumps
Do you want to turn your basement into a livable space by adding a bathroom? You might need an ejector pump! Unlike sump pumps, which are responsible only for carrying water from your home, ejector pumps are designed to pump residential or household sewage backward to a destination such as an elevated septic tank or city sewer. Since the basement is below ground level, there needs to be some way for the water and waste to travel upwards. Also, if the geography of your home prevents the sewer from flowing fast enough on its own, an ejector pump is needed. Whether you need an ejector pump repaired or you need a new one installed in your suburban Chicagoland home, Precision Plumbing, Heating and Cooling can help.
How it works
Ejector pumps have the power to pump solids from a sump, pit, or tank up to a sewer. Normally there is a tank or sump buried in the ground on the level of the basement floor which holds waste and is covered with a water-tight lid. Once the waste and liquids reach a certain level, there is usually a waste level sensor that activates the ejector pump when the tank or sump is full. The ejector pump is usually inside of the tank itself. A discharge pipe connects the pump to a main sewer line and usually includes a check valve to prevent waste back-up.
There are various types of ejector pumps with differing levels of installation difficulty. If you want to try and install it yourself, some of the steps included are:
- Removing the old sewage pump (if you have one). Shut off the main power breaker, unplug the sewage pump, and disconnect the discharge line entering it. When you remove the old pump remember to consult your local Chicago codes for safe disposal
- Placing the basin in the new sewage pit. If you don’t already have a sewage pit you will need to create one
- Installing inlet and discharge pipes. Insert the pipe and attach it to the sewage pump
- And finally, installing the sewage pump. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to complete the installation.
However, it is best that the pump is installed by a professional plumber. If you suspect you need an ejector pump installed or would like to have an inspection performed, Precision Plumbing, Heating and Cooling will visit your home to assess the situation and offer solutions to fit your home and budget. We offer 24/7 service and guarantee our workmanship for life. Precision Plumbing, Heating and Cooling proudly serves suburban Chicagoland…Is today soon enough?
Battery Back-Up Sump Pump
If you live in an area prone to flooding or just desire peace of mind, we highly recommend installing a battery back-up sump pump in your home to operate if the first pump fails. Battery back-up sump pumps are as powerful and effective as your main sump pump but turns on automatically when it is triggered under certain circumstances. Our plumbers at Precision Plumbing, Heating and Cooling are highly skilled in installing battery back-up sump pumps and our equipment ensures additional peace of mind through warranty coverage at a minimum of one year.
Do I need a battery back-up sump pump?
If your area is prone to flooding and you have an existing primary sump pump, you will need a back-up. It is very important to have a functional back-up sump pump that can activate when your primary fails. All primary sump pumps will fail at some point, so it is always good to have a back-up installed just in case. Don’t want to be caught with a flooding emergency just to find out that your only sump pump is not working? Have us install a battery back-up sump pump for you today.
What to look for
In order for it to do its job, you need a back-up sump pump that will kick in without fault when your primary sump pump fails. Sometimes the back-ups will sit in your basement for years without being turned on, which means that they should be even better quality than your primary sump pump (which sometimes means more expensive). However, the cost will be worth it when your house is saved from considerable damage after a primary sump-pump failure, so it is better not to go for a cheaper battery back-up option.
Battery back-up sump pumps can range in size from 400 gallons per hour to 3,000 gallons per hour. There are also charts available that can help you know how long your primary sump pump will run on a full charge. Unlike a car battery, the battery in the back-up sump pump is designed to withstand long periods of not being used. They should also come with an automatic battery charger to recharge your batteries after use.
If you need a battery back-up sump pump installed, don’t hesitate to call Precision Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. Our services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in suburban Chicagoland. Our service is always professional, courteous and efficient. Call us today…Is today soon enough?