Here in East Texas, we know the consequences of a strong storm—roof damage, debris, but most of all leaks and flooding. Whether you have a finished basement or simply use it for storage, it’s important to keep it as dry as you can. Too often, however, water finds a way in through walls, windows, and floors.
The best way to prevent a floods and safeguard your property is to invest in a sump pump. Even small amounts of moisture can damage furniture, floors, and foster an unhealthy environment of mold and mildew. Bannister Plumbing is the company to call for Residential and Commercial Sump Pump Service in Tyler-Jacksonville, TX.
If you don’t have a working sump pump, you are putting your home and/or business at risk. One strong storm or burst pipe could result in thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. Contact us today for 24/7 Sump Pump Maintenance, Repair, and Installation.
A sump is a pit or hollow, which usually collects liquids. A pump is a device that uses suction or pressure to move liquids, gases, etc.
A sump pump refers to the mechanical device that is installed into a sump, normally at the lowest point of the home (in a basement or crawl space). The sump pump works by using a pressure sensor or float mechanism (similar to your toilet) to detect the presence of water.
When water enters the sump, the pump (electric motor) automatically turns on and starts to remove the excess water from beneath your home. As water leaves the pipe, the check valve on the water outlet pipe prevents the water from returning. This leaves only one way out—an outdoor well or city storm drain.
While all sump pumps remove excess water from a basement or crawl space, there are several different types and styles to choose from.
The two basic sump pump types are:
The pedestal sump pump stands upright. The electric motor near the top of the pump, which is not supposed to get wet. The pump is located at the bottom. When the ball float indicates the presence of water, the pump turns on.
The submersible sump pump, on the other hand, is designed to be submerged in water and sit at the bottom of the pump. Since the motor is sealed and protected, water doesn’t pose a risk.
The on/off switch is attached to the pump and can either be connected to a ball float (with an internal pressure switch) or a sealed mercury-activated float switch. The sealed mercury switch is normally more reliable and effective than the pressure switch, but the maintenance and repairs for it may be more expensive.
All sump pump motors run on electricity, which can be a problem if there is a power outage. That’s why we recommend having a battery backup system in place.
Sump pumps with battery backups or those hooked up to a generator provide 24/7 protection regardless of the status of the city’s power grid.
Battery backups are important since you will most likely need your sump pump during a strong storm that knocks the power out. In addition to battery backups, make sure your sump pump has an alarm sensor that alerts you when water has reached a certain level. This is especially important if you have a manual sump pump.
Manual sump pumps need to be turned on and off manually. An automatic sump pump has a switch that automatically activates the pump whenever water has reached a certain level.
For proper and continuous sump pump operation (even if you are not home), we recommend automatic sump pumps with battery backups.
No matter which type of sump pump you have, it will have a check valve to prevent the water from coming back into the home.
Whether you need professional sump pump maintenance, repair, or installation, Bannister Plumbing will make sure that you get the best possible service every time.
We are a full-service plumbing company that provides Maintenance, Repairs, Replacements, Remodeling, and New Construction for Residential and Commercial properties in Jacksonville, Tyler, and all of East Texas.