At Bob Oates Plumbing, Sewer and Rooter, we understand that nationwide, floods are the most costly and destructive disasters, and the Seattle area is not immune from flood damage. The most common local flooding problems are likely to come from creeks, rivers and coastal flooding that overwhelm area drainage systems. Urban flooding from intense periods of rain is also a concern. The likelihood of flooding in western Washington makes sump pumps a crucial component for homeowners who would prefer to avoid the hassle of dealing with water damage on their property. Sump pump installation and regular maintenance offer some of the most reliable flood protection a homeowner can buy.
How Does a Sump Pump Work? Sump pumps typically get installed at the lowest point of a home’s basement or crawlspace, below ground level. Water naturally flows toward this low point, and sump pumps then collect it in a basin. The water activates a switch that turns on the pump, which channels water away from your home through a network of pipes. Sump pumps with backup battery power are ideal because they can continue to operate even through a power outage that may accompany a severe storm.
There are two basic types of sump pumps.
Pedestal sump pump: You’ll have this variety of sump pump installed above the floor of your basement floor. Its distinguishing feature is a free-floating arm that triggers when water pushes it upward. One negative aspect of a pedestal model is that it will be visible in your basement, which some homeowners find unattractive. However, pedestal sump pumps provide technicians with the easiest access if you need repairs.
Submersible sump pump: The motor of a submersible sump pump is housed inside the equipment, and the sump pump itself is installed below floor level. Submersible sump pumps are quieter and more discreet than the pedestal version. They do make access more of a challenge, which often means you can expect a somewhat higher repair bill if you need maintenance.
Do You Need Sump Pump Repairs? Since a sump pump is designed to guide excess water away from your home, flooding is one of the most obvious red flags that your sump pump isn’t working properly. If you find standing water, call Bob Oates Plumbing, Sewer and Rooter for reliable sump pump repair.
Other warning signs of sump pump repair and replacement include:
- Your sump pump doesn’t come on in response to accumulated water
- The sump pump cycles on and off rapidly, or its cycles are longer than normal
- Your sump pump runs excessively noisily
- You can smell unpleasant odors in or around your basement or crawl space
- There is mold or mildew growth near your sump pump
- You see rust forming on the sump pump unit
- Your sump pump is more than 10 years old
Protect Your Basement Before the Next Rainstorm
If you have a sump pump installed in your home, it’s unlikely to be the feature you show off when you have guests over. However, that humble sump pump is an unsung hero when it comes to protecting your basement from flooding.
Skilled sump pump repair in the Seattle metro area is only a phone call away. Bob Oates Plumbing, Sewer and Rooter can install new sump pumps and make any repairs you need. Contact our locally owned experts today.