Sump Pumps

Chicago’s Sump Pump Experts

Protecting Your Home From Flooding

An integral component of nearly every Chicagoland home’s plumbing system, your sump pump probably goes largly unnoticed as long as it continues to work correctly. But as soon as it has a problem or burns out, the damage can build pretty quickly, wreaking havoc on your home. At Advantage Plumbing we take storm water removal very seriously. We research each and every one of the pumps that we offer and have been installing sump pump systems for years with continued great results. Our team utilizes the most cutting edge backup systems that can even call your home, send you a text message warning, or send you an email notification directly in case something stops working the way it should. If your pump is on its last leg or if you ever wonder if the pump in your home is adequate to protect your families’ basement and belongings, don’t hesitate to call for a complete review of your homes storm water discharge system.

What is a Sump Pump?

Put simply, a sump pump is a submersible pump that sits at the bottom of a sump pit and is typically installed at the lowest point in your basement or crawl space for maximum effectiveness. Ground water surrounding your home’s foundation is channeled into a perimeter drain system installed at the base of your home’s foundation. Water finds its way into the perforated drainpipes and is quickly diverted to the sump pit. When the water has built up to an above average amount, the sump pump is triggered by a float switch and automatically removes the water by pumping it away from your home and into the nearest storm drain, dry well, or retention pond. Most every modern homes comes equipped with a sump pump, but some older homes might need a pump to be retrofitted with a sump system in order to prevent basement flooding.

Sump Pump Installation

Sump pumps can be hard-wired into a home’s electrical system or easily plugged into an available outlet. The majority of sump pumps are equipped with a battery backup to ensure that the pump will continue protecting your home in case of a power outage, which most commonly occur during times of precipitation or severe storms when it’s especially important that water is pumped away from your home.

If you experience a power outage at your home that lasts longer than a couple minutes, if you experience frequent power outages, or if your primary sump pump fails, a battery backup sump pump or one of many water powered backup systems (that use your home’s water supply pressure to remove water from the sump pit) can help to protect your basement and home from water damage. Contact an Advantage Plumbing expert today to find out what options might be best to ensure your home stays safe and dry.

Sump Pump Maintenance

You should be testing your sump pump regularly to ensure that it is operating normally when the next big downpour hits your Chicagoland neighborhood. You can easily test your system by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit. As long as everything is functioning normally, the pump should turn on almost immediately and begin ejecting the water from your system. You can verify that everything is working properly by checking that the float and valve are able to move freely and not being blocked by anything.

You can also increase the efficiency of your system by cleaning your sump pit. Remove any dirt, sand, gravel or other debris that may have built up over time to prolong the life of your system and allow it to be as effective as possible. Ensure that the discharge line opening is free of obstructions so that water can be pumped through the line and out of your basement or crawlspace. If you aren’t sure how to do this yourself or prefer not to worry about the hassle, our team of experts is always happy to come out and perform and needed maintenance to your sump pump system.

Sump Pump Replacement & Repair

Like any equipment with moving parts, sump pumps will wear out over time and then require replacement. Dependent entirely on weather and how much rain may occur, there is no general rule on how often a sump pump should be replaced. If your sump pump is not working, call in the experts at Advantage Plumbing to assess the situation. While we’re there we’ll even take a look for any basement leak that might have occurred due to a broken sump pump and make recommendations on any repairs that might be needed.