After a couple days of hard rain, particularly in the early spring, our plumbers always see an increase in the number of calls about flooded basements. Often the homeowner is frantic, standing in an inch of water and needing us out immediately!
In most cases, basements that flood have either no sump pump or a sump pump has failed. Even if your basement is not finished, just an inch or so of water on the basement floor can do extensive damage or cause mold problems. If you are looking for a residential plumbing company in Maryland, Northern Virginia, or Washington DC to repair or replace your existing sump pump, or install a new sump pump in your home, call Magnolia Plumbing today!
Our Sump Pump Services
At Magnolia Plumbing, we provide a number of sump pump services in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC to keep your sump pump working properly all year long. Some of our services include:
- Sump pump installation
- Sump pump repair
- Sump pump replacement
- Sump pump testing
- Sump pump maintenance
Your sump pump is invaluable during the spring, summer and fall when hard rains and major storms can do a number on an unprepared basement or home foundation. If you live in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC and need sump pump services, call Magnolia Plumbing today!
So what is a sump pump?
A sump pump is a pump located in the basement that is used to pump water from the basement to the outside or drain into the home’s drainage system. Sump pumps are usually electric, but some can use the home’s pressurized water supply for power.
A sump pump is usually necessary either in cases where the home’s basement is below the water table level, and/or when the home is located in a place where flooding is common. Sometimes sump pumps are also used if the bottom level of a house is below sewer lines.
Sump pump battery backups
It is critical for a sump pump to always be working; otherwise the sump pit can overflow and do serious damage to your home’s foundation. A backup power supply system is needed in case the primary power system for the sump pump fails or is out for a long period of time. Some sump pumps come with built-in backup battery supplies just in case the electricity goes out. Battery backup pumps work during power failures by battery power. The battery must be kept well charged in order to ensure that it always keeps your sump pump protected from a power failure. If you want a residential plumbing company to inspect, replace or repair your sump pump’s battery backup system, call Magnolia Plumbing today!
Protect your sump pump
Like other major household appliances, sump pumps usually need some type of cleaning and general maintenance. For a sump pump, that usually involves cleaning the sump pump out. The pump may get clogged with gravel, dirt, sand, and other debris carried in by the water from the sump pit. Too much debris will clog the sump pump and can make it stop working completely. Make it a habit to check your sump pump every few months. It is also a good idea to test the pump by pouring water in the pit until it causes the pump to start.
Ready to install a new sump pump?
Is your sump pump prepared for the next big rain or snow storm? If you need sump pump inspection, repair, or replacement, or if you are looking for a residential plumbing company to install a new sump pump in your Maryland, Northern Virginia or Washington, DC home, call Magnolia Plumbing today!