Sump Pumps WhittierWhen the weather gets rough, sump pumps are your house’s best line of defense against heavy rainfall and flooding which can lead to expensive water damage to your home and property. Our team of expert plumbers at One Way Rooter have been trained and have years of experience repairing and replacing these home-saving devices. Our professional sump pump service will make sure that your home is safe and protected from danger of water damage in the event of heavy rainfall. Don’t get caught in a heavy storm with a non-existant or broken sump pump if you want to avoid significant damage to your home.
How Does a Sump Pump Work?The purpose of sump pumps are to reroute water away the lowest point in your house - usually your home’s foundation in order to avoid basement flooding during heavy rainstorms. Before the heavy rain arrives, it’s important to check and test your pump regularly to make sure that it’s functioning correctly. 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 basement 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 when it’s not working, although difficult to determine exactly why it’s not functioning. If the pump is not pumping water away from your foundation, you will need to have it repaired or replaced immediately to avoid serious damage. Common issues that face sump pump owners are clogged pumps, overflowing water, auto shut-down not functioning, a stuck switch, and poor installation.