You and the family had decided to go on a well-deserved (if you do say so yourself) vacation and it was a wonderful time spent together, unfortunately, if you are a mere mortal like most of us then a constant holiday life may not be on the cards for you just yet.
So you head back home, back to reality only for it to hit you like a tidal wave as you walk the door. There is an odd smell coming from who knows where, dampness in the air you’re not used to, and your instincts immediately tell you something is off. Now just to find the problem area to hopefully somehow stop it or at least slow it down.
After a quick search in the upstairs areas, you head to the basement where, not only are all the machines and pumps located, but the operations of the home, and the last place you are yet to look. The one you had been dreading all along but is now inevitable.
You go downstairs to the basement and low and behold the problem presents itself as if on show, loud and proud, and at least offering you the courtesy of not having to hunt downstairs too.
The sump pump seems to have gone on vacation as well and has yet to return, and thus the clogging up has begun. You immediately head for the phone directory and look up your local plumbing company, fingers crossed they can come as soon as possible.
Signs of a reliable plumbing company.
Businesses who specialize in these repairs and maintenance are just the answer you have been looking for, your top rated sump pump Great Falls Company understands the importance of getting the job done as efficiently and effectively as possible, including the shortest possible turn around time.
You want a reputable firm that has been in the ‘game’ for many years, has excellent customer comments and ratings on their company website and makes you feel welcome and comfortable when booking an appointment.
When they arrive on the scene first impressions go a long way.
Are the vehicles branded and well looked after? Is the engineer in a branded uniform and looking presentable with a good demeanor? These are small yet technical details that could be the turning point of whether you recommend them to your friends and family, or not. It also gives a good indication of the level of service you are likely to receive and how they pride themselves in the quality of work.
Licenses and certifications too are well received and are usually displayed or advertised on their company website and occasionally on the vehicle itself. Ideally, the engineer will have the latest and up to date qualifications making them the best candidate for the job.
If you are unsure or hesitant about anything be sure to ask questions and ask to see documentation, not only will it give you peace of mind but it will confirm they are indeed skilled to carry out and execute the work required. (It also makes any insurance claims, if needed, go that much smoother).
Sump pump explained.
So, if you are anything like me then you will have no idea what exactly a sump pump is or its function in the home. If you enjoy knowing everything there is to know about a topic or subject then make a cup of tea and read here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sump_pump whilst sipping away.
For a simpler explanation, it is a machine located in a hole in the basement area of the home that detects rising water levels and pressures, and when they get too high the pump switches on and begins to drain the water away from the foundations and your home to a dry well or pond nearby.
This prevents flooding and could potentially lead to severe water damage if not installed in a home where the water level is lower than that of the actual house.
Submersible versus Pedestal.
Like with most products some versions and varieties require you to do some homework and compare what option will be best suited to your setup, budget, as well as home layout. We will look at the top two.
Submersible. Essentially it does what it says on the tin, the pump, and motor as one is located in the basin and under the water. While they are quieter and take up less space, they tend to not as long but still the best option for premises with frequent flooding concerns and issues.
Pedestal. Unlike with the submersible option the motor and pump in the pedestal version are separate with the motor placed out of the water on a ‘pedestal’ above the hole and connected via a hose to the pump which then sends the water up and out for removal. The upside with this is it has a longer life span due to not being constantly in the water, but this comes with a downside of being louder than the alternative.
Both versions work equally well and are determined essentially by preference and then based on the level of flooding you experience. Read a more in-depth description if you click here and also see how others have found the different ones and which worked better for them and in different situations.
Importance of sump pump repair and maintenance.
It would be wonderful if all the purchases we made, and especially when it comes to the larger more expensive ones, would last a lifetime with not much effort, but alas this is not the case. We need to keep an eye on them and with routine maintenance checks in place, their longevity is significantly increased.
And yes, even when you have done all that for many years successfully, there comes a time when you need to let your equipment retire and move onto the next best version. Speaking to your plumber they will be able to advise you of the best option for a pump that works for you and best of all, they can install it too. Win-win.