Sump Pump Tips and Tricks
Sump pumps are vital to homeowners, whether you live near the lake in Kenosha or on the otherside of town.
Some important tips to keep in mind to keep mind about sump pumps:
Sump pump - concrete vs plastic:
Concrete sumps were installed in homes during the late 60's through the late 80's and early 90's. Concrete sumps were heavy and durable. The only negative was that the concrete was porous and could possibly promote mild and mold growth. Plastic sumps are lighter and easier to install but had to be installed so they would not float if they were empty.
When installing a pump, be sure to secure the electrical cord clear of the pump float so as not to interfere with it's operation. It is also important to be sure the float travels clear of the sump wall. This is for submersible pumps as well as upright style.
Pump discharge piping:
When installing the discharge piping, care should be taken to properly support it. If the piping is to discharge to an outside underground drain, they should be joined via a air gap. Also, the discharge piping should installed in a manner that can be disassembled and piped above ground away from the home in case for some reason the underground drain failed. (frozen, etc)
Battery backup pumps:
These are reasonably good protection should the main pump fail, but only in an emergency. If your pump seems to be short cycling, the cause could be a defective check valve, the discharge line is blocked or plugged, or the outside piping is terminated too close to the home. Call Building Waters to find out for sure.
Lastly, be sure to have a replacement pump nearby for a quick installation.