The Sump Pump of All FearsWhen the weather gets harsh, sump pumps are your business’s best line of defense against heavy rainfall or flooding, both of which can lead to serious and expensive water damage to your building and equipment. At One Way Rooter, our team of expert plumbers are experienced in commercial sump pump repair and replacement. We’ll make sure that your business is safe from the dangers of water damage in the event of flooding during heavy rainfall. Trust us, you don’t want to get caught in Mother Nature’s path with a broken sump pump.
How Does a Sump Pump Work?The purpose of sump pumps are to reroute invasive water away from the lowest point in your building - usually the foundation or basement level to avoid flooding during heavy storms. Before the heavy rain arrives, it’s important that you check and test your pump regularly to make sure that it’s functioning correctly. If you have ANY doubt that your pump is working correctly, please give us a call and our experts will give it a thorough inspection.
There are two main types of sump pumps, pedestal and submersible. Pedestal pumps are placed above the pit, allowing easy access and maintenance. Submersible pumps are placed within the pit, out of sight.
In the event of flooding, the sump pump works by using a float switch that triggers when the water hits a certain level in the pump’s pit. Then, the sump pump begins to reroute the water outside, to a nearby drain, or to a well. We also strongly recommend that you equip your sump pump with a water level alarm which will alert you if the sump pump is malfunctioning and not properly removing flood water at dangerous levels.
Unlike most plumbing emergencies, a broken sump pump is easy to detect - it’s either working properly or it’s not, although it can be very difficult to determine the cause of the malfunction. If the pump is not pumping water away from your foundation, you will need to have it repaired or replaced immediately to avoid serious, costly damage to your property in the event of a storm. This damage can potentially stall your business, losing profits, customers, clients, and disrupting your workforce. This is a completely avoidable situation with the proper help.