Homeowners might have several concerns and questions about sump pumps and their operation. Some wonder whether they should install them at all and some of them encounter problems that they have no idea how to handle. Below are some of the most common questions and concerns homeowners have about sump pumps:
1. Is it necessary to install sump pumps if I rarely experience floods?
Some people will argue that their basements rarely flood and therefore they should not install sump pumps. This is a personal decision that everyone has to make. You have to weigh the costs of installing the sump pump against the costs of dealing with flood damage and see which risk you are willing to take. However, it is wise to be safe than sorry. Whether the basement is being used as a living area or just storage, it should be kept dry at all times and installing a sump pump helps with this.
2. How do I prevent the sump pump drainage pipe from freezing?
The pump uses the pipe connected to the outside of the house to get rid of the water in the basement. If the end of this pipe that is exposed to the outside weather freezes, the pump is rendered useless and is bound to malfunction and bring you problems, flooding among them. You can use a device called a Freeze Stop to keep the water flowing even when the pipe is frozen.
3. What is the most common reason for a sump pump failure?
The most common cause of sump pump failures is switching problems. At times, the pump switches inside the basin resulting in the float operating the switch to dislodge against itself. Another common factor is collection of debris and dirt interfering with the proper workings of the pump. You have to ensure that the sump pump switch is working without any hitches and there are no debris stuck in it. Also, make sure that the float-arm system does not have anything hindering its free movement.
4. What is the difference between a standard sump pump and a grinder sump pump?
Sometimes, users get confused between a standard sump pump and grinder sump pump. They also often do not know which one to install. A standard sump pump is designed to get rid of the water that percolates in the pit inside the basement to a location far from the base of the house. On the other hand, a grinder sump pump, just like its name suggests, is designed to macerate the sewage and then pump it out into the main sewer line. Since the pumps both have totally different functions in the house. Whichever choice you make between the two highly depends on the function it is intended for.
5. How do I know my pump will still work after a long period of disuse?
Some people rarely need to use their pumps until the rains set in. After a long period of disuse, the fear of the pump failing to kick in when the water starts filling the basement is well founded. To ensure the pump is operating right, check it often to ensure no debris are clogging it.