Who do I call if my sump pump is not working?

Sump Pump close up

Preventing flooding

Water runs downhill, but to get the water up a hill, Jack and Jill must carry the water, or plumbing pumps water, and for water to be drained and sent away, plumbing drain pumps also. If you are on flat ground, for water to come to you and for it to be sent away from you, there is a plumbing pump involved somewhere. Your great grandparents, and many people before them, had a plumbing pump to bring water up from the ground into their homes or just outside their home. 

There are different two categories of pumps for plumbing, and not a day goes by in your life that you don’t have a connection with plumbing and pumps, you aren’t aware of them. Here, we breakdown the different types within the two categories of plumbing pumps and their use.

Submersible pumps are a plumbing pump that can be submerged in liquid and keep operating. Within this category of plumbing pumps, there are three different types:

  • Sewer Ejector Plumbing Pump – This plumbing pump can help to prevent sewer lines from clogging and can pump out a reasonable amount of wastewater.
  • Sump Pump – This is a standard plumbing pump that is found in the basement of residences that are below the water line table where water tends to accumulate. 
  • Transfer Pump – This is a plumbing pump that moves water from one area to another, like out of a flooded basement, to another area.

The second category of plumbing pumps is the non-submersible pump or circulator or inline pump. This category of plumbing pumps are meant to stay dry and cannot be submerged in liquid, making them easier to maintain and repair. They are energy efficient because this category of plumbing pumps is common for circulating heated water through homes. 

How are plumbing pumps rated?

Plumbing pumps are generally rated by these four factors: 

  • HP – horsepower
  • VFR – Volume Flow Rate
  • Outlet pressure of feet of head
  • Inlet suction in feet of head

The pressure rating of a plumbing pump is how the resistance measurement that the pump can handle or overcome and is in PSI (pounds per square inch). In conjunction, the flow rate, power, and pressure are how the performance of the plumbing pump is described. The head can stay streamlined as the measurement of feet. The plumbing pump can lower or raise a row of liquid at distinctive pressure.

As we mentioned above, a standard plumbing pump is a sump pump that is used in residential basements when they are below the water table.  Do sump pumps need maintenance? Overall, sump pumps are relatively reliable of all plumbing pumps, but like any equipment that you rely on, you should have a regular maintenance routine to keep it reliable. 

Spending a few minutes every other month or monthly during the heavy rain season is recommended for fundamental homeownership responsibility. Professional plumbers and contractors recommend an annual inspection by a professional in early spring to ensure your sump pump is ready to operate when the rainy season starts. 

How do you know if a pressure tank is terrible?

The archetypal modern residential water well is an incredible resource that can produce superb water several years with little to no service required. That reliability of the unit, which may be why many homeowners won’t realize there is a problem with the water well until there is a problem with the plumbing pumping the water into the house. 

Professional plumbers say that plumbing repair pumps are often from the lack of maintenance and upkeep of the plumbing pump and other components. What are some indications that the pressure tank to your water well isn’t working as well as it should? Here are for symptoms: 

  1. If water is coming out of the air valve when you check the air pressure.
  2. The pressure switch is rapidly turning off and on.
  3. There is excessive corrosion or rust on the exterior.
  4. The pressure tank is leaking.
pit with a sump pump installed

How much does it cost to replace a ejector pump?

A vital plumbing pump is the sewage ejector pump, which is used in an area where plumbing fixtures are installed lower than the septic line grade. The typical use is in bathrooms and laundry rooms for pumping liquids and solids up in the septic or sewer line. 

Replacing an ejector pump is one of those times where purchasing a plumbing pump maintenance package could prove financially beneficial. The average price for an agreement is around $130.00 for one year. A sewage pump can cost between $300 to $800 and upward.  The difference in the price is the durability, the size of the pump (a $300 plumbing pump will pump fewer gallons per hour than an $800 plumbing pump). 

Your home is a substantial investment, so it only makes sense to take care of the significant components inside and outside of it, including any plumbing plump. Take the time to either do the routine maintenance or budget to have a professional inspection and maintenance done. Call 707-229-0482 today for quality plumbing services today.