What is a Sump Pump?
In this video, our Roto-Rooter expert will explain how a sump pump works and why it's important to test your sump pump regularly. You'll learn about the benefits of having a battery backup system, or Venturi water-powered pump. When the groundwater level underneath your basement rises during periods of rain or thawing, it can pose a threat of flooding in low-lying areas. When the pit begins to fill, the float of the sump pump turns the pump on, keeping the water level underneath your house from rising too much. Your local Roto-Rooter plumber can help if you need a new system or simply want to learn more about a battery backup system for your current pump. Our Roto-Rooter plumbers can ensure your sump pump still works in the event of a power outage to increase flood prevention. Call us in case you'd like this service performed, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If your home has a basement it probably has a sump pump installed in the lowest corner. If the pump is working properly, it will collect groundwater in a pit below the basement floor. When the pit begins to fill, a float switch triggers the sump pump to turn itself on, then pump the water out to a city storm sewer or the nearest drainage ditch. To ensure your sump pump is working, test it by pouring a few buckets of water into the pit. Make sure the pump turns on, empties most of the water from the pit, then turns itself off again. You'll notice that sump pumps require electricity to operate. That means if a storm knocks out power to your home, the sump pump can no longer do its job. But your Roto-Rooter plumber can install a battery backup system or a Venturi water-powered pump that will continue to pump away storm water and prevent flooding. Homeowners with some do-it-yourself skills should be able to handle many flood-prevention tasks on their own. But it's important to be careful and to recognize when you're in over your head. Roto-Rooter has experienced plumbers ready to help whenever you need us. [Roto-Rooter jingle]