Sump pumps in San Diego
Let’s start with a fact. Any basement gets wet at some point. It’s just a matter of time.
Now, a wet basement is manageable. But the problem should never devolve into a submerged basement.
To prevent that, you need a sump pump. This removes excess water from your basement.
Below, we’ll discuss how they work, and some tips to keep your basement dry!
How does sump pump works?
Some homes need sump pumps. Others do not. Requiring one depends on some factors. They include:
- 🔹 Age of home;
- 🔹 Location;
- 🔹 Water table level of location.
Location is the most important one, where for example, sumps are common in the Midwest. The majority of pumps are placed on a gravel bed and within a pit. Discharge pipes are connected to a circular ring (positioned to the left of the unit). With proper installation, expect a sump pump to collect any excess water around your home.
Why do sump pumps malfunction?
This comes down to dysfunctional discharge pumps. Each sump pump comes with a discharge pipe. They turn and travel through travel path that takes water far from your home.
If the discharge pipe is angled under the ground, it can get damaged by debris or nearby tree roots. Be sure to check the pipes out of your home for those issues. Another problem is clogging, also caused by debris. If any of those issues are encountered, be sure to ask for professional assistance.
Testing a sump pump
Start by pouring 5 gallons of water into the pump’s drum. Pour the water slowly, and check if it’s functioning. It should run immediately. If a problem occurs, shut off the pump and discharge the water. You’ll need repair at that point. At night, check for leaks by reading your water meter. Make sure you avoid using water overnight. At morning time, take the reading. If there’s a drastic change in the reading, then troubleshoot and seek a repair.
Sump pump types we offer
ALMCO offers different types of pumps, depending on how often you need one to run. They are as follows:
🔹 Level 1 Pumps. They offer little drainage. Level 1 pumps work every 2 days, so they’re not meant for wet weather. Also, testing isn’t required to check if the pump is running. If the pump fails, be sure to maintain a spare pump for replacement.
🔹 Level 2 Pumps. The most ideal for home owners. This pump doesn’t run, except during heavy rain. Level 2 pumps need routine testing to check for good performance.
🔹 Level 3 Pumps. Considered a standard and is highly recommended. Level 3 pumps rarely turn on, even in dire weather conditions (such as thunderstorms and sideways downpours). It also requires little testing, this being once a year.
Leave a request for sump pump
At ALMCO Plumbing (San Diego, California) – we fix and replace sump pumps. In the even that your pump breaks down, be sure to give us a call. At ALMCO, we deal with all kinds of plumbing issues. We respond to emergencies fast, and can restore your sump pump’s functionality quick