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The Importance of Sump Pump Maintenance

The Importance of Sump Pump Maintenance

You may not realize it, but you have a two-way agreement with your sump pump. You depend on it to keep your basement free of water, and it depends on you to keep it clean and running well.  Your sump pump needs regular maintenance, and this is true whether it’s recently been called upon to do its job during a rainy stretch, or sitting idle through days and days of sunshine and scant rain. Sump Pump Maintenance Most plumbing professionals recommend doing a simple maintenance every three or four months, then a more comprehensive one yearly. But whichever you are about to do, first make sure it’s working. Remove the covering to the sump pit and clear it of any accumulated debris. Then to make sure it’s running, pour enough water into the pit so it rises to a level of nine inches or so. At this point, the float should rise, the motor should kick in, and you should see water flowing out the exit pipe or hose. If not, make sure the power is on. If this is not the problem, you need to call your plumber to take a look. But let’s assume everything is working so you can start your maintenance. Quarterly Maintenance Before you do anything, disconnect the power supply. Remove the pump inlet screen and thoroughly clean it. Some pumps have an inlet opening instead. Reconnect the power cord to the power supply. That’s it. That wasn’t so bad, was it? But before you go, check the sump pit basin. If all the water drained out while you were cleaning it, fill the pit with water before you turn the power back on so...
Why a Sump Pump is a Necessity in Your Home

Why a Sump Pump is a Necessity in Your Home

Contrary to what some people think, the need for sump pumps is not limited to homes in flood zones or extremely rainy climates. Water can saturate the ground and build up under and around the perimeter of your home’s foundation, and from there, can migrate into your basement or crawlspace. This is especially true if you have a high water table. Have you thought about installing one to keep your basement flood free?  What You Risk by Not Having a Sump Pump The accumulation of water can result in any or all of a homeowner’s worst fears, some of which include: Flood. If torrential rains occur, the ground becomes quickly saturated, and with nowhere else to go, the accumulating rain flows into the basement, where it can ruin everything stored in the basement, or it can cause structural damage. Fire. If the rising water reaches basement appliances like the washer, dryer, water heater, furnace or even worse the panel box, it can short them. Short circuits can easily lead to an electrical fire. Mold and Mildew. Even if flooding does not occur, constant dampness provides optimal conditions for mold and mildew. Not only does this result in a musty odor that permeates everything in the basement, but it can also lead to health problems like asthma and skin conditions. Installing a sump pump to remove water minimizes these risks. It also relieves hydrostatic pressure which can cause cracks in the foundation. Sump Pits To effectively rid your home of accumulated water, the sump pump should be installed below floor level. Therefore, step number one is to dig a hole called a sump pit and line it with gravel. Being the lowest point in the basement, the pit will serve as a reservoir for any excess...
4 Signs Your Commercial Drain Needs Repaired

4 Signs Your Commercial Drain Needs Repaired

As a company owner, you rely on all the systems in your commercial property to operate properly so that you can conduct your business. One of the most important systems in your building is the plumbing. When the system backs up, it can affect your employees and your clients. Below are four signs that your commercial drain may need to be repaired or unblocked. If you experience any of these symptoms, then contact a Crawford Mechanical Services plumbing specialist today. Bellying Bellies are low spots within your sewer line. When this occurs, paper and solids can settle in the low spot and cause what is known as a “soft blockage.” This is a common problem with sewer lines that use PVC pipe, but it can be easily fixed by a plumber. The Drain is Backed Up The most obvious sign that there is something wrong with the drain is that the water is backed up and won’t flush. There could be numerous reasons for this that range from tree root penetration to substance buildup. In a commercial building, drain backup can lead to flooding quickly since multiple people are using the plumbing system throughout the day. Flooding If you own a building that has multiple floors, and you notice water spots or worse, running water anywhere in the building, then it’s a safe bet that there is damage somewhere in the drain lines. The damage can be caused by pipes that are corroded, punctured or have loose connections. If you notice that water is present in areas where it shouldn’t be, then you need to hire a certified plumber to fix the problem immediately. Leaky drains...
What Might Be Causing Your Yard Leaks?

What Might Be Causing Your Yard Leaks?

If your yard suddenly becomes waterlogged or soggy with no logical reason, it is likely that your plumbing has sprung a leak. Leaks that occur in the summer may cause standing water, sunken areas or even a patch of lush green grass that seems to grow faster than the surrounding lawn. Occasionally, you may even notice a jet or spray of water springing from the ground. Uncovering the source of your yard leak may be easier than you think. Signs of Yard Leaks Standing water and soggy soil are obvious signs of yard leaks, but there are more subtle signs to look for too. High water bill. This may be one of the first signs you notice as it may take a while for the soil to become saturated enough to show signs of waterlogging or soggy soil. Decrease in water pressure. You may notice the water pressure in your home isn’t as strong as it used to be as water constantly seeps out into your yard. Sounds of running water. If you have a leak in the yard, you may hear running water in your pipes inside your home as they work to supply water to the outside source. What Causes Yard Leaks? Yard leaks occur when the plumbing to outside sources breaks or springs a leak. The three most common sources are: Main Water Line Break Sewer Line Break Irrigation System Break How Do You Find the Source? To determine the source of your yard leak, you will need to do a little detective work. The first step is to determine the exact location. If water is visibly...
Caulking Your Toilet Can Prevent Future Plumbing Problems

Caulking Your Toilet Can Prevent Future Plumbing Problems

Many people don’t think about their toilet until a problem arises. However, being proactive and doing what you can to prevent problems will save you headaches and the cost of repairs. One of the best things you can do to prevent water or moisture from getting under your toilet where it cannot be cleaned is to caulk it properly. 0909 Use Silicone Caulking Silicone caulking creates a water tight seal and prevents water or moisture from showers or mopping from seeping underneath the toilet. It may be sold as tub and tile caulking or bathroom caulking and comes in a tube. Resist the urge to buy the cheapest tube available. High-quality caulking may cost a bit more, but it can save you a bundle in the long run. Select the Right Color Caulking comes in a variety of colors. Choose a shade the closest to the color of your toilet for the best results. This enhances the appearance of your entire bathroom and makes your toilet look like it belongs there. Prepare the Area Clean the area where the caulk will be applied and allow it to dry completely to ensure the best seal. Use painter’s tape to mark off the area so that any excess caulking will not mark your toilet or the floor. Applying the Caulking Use a caulking gun (you can buy one at your local hardware store) to apply an even bead of caulking around the base of your toilet. Fill the joint completely and smooth it with your finger or a caulking tool. Keep a cloth moistened with solvent handy to remove any stray caulking. Place a...
Bathroom Plumbing Mistakes To Avoid in Your Home

Bathroom Plumbing Mistakes To Avoid in Your Home

If you are like most people, your bathroom is probably one of the busiest rooms in your house. Making your bathroom layout efficient can save you time and help your entire family get a good start to the day. But before you decide to tackle a remodel, take the time to plan ahead so you can avoid these common bathroom 26plumbing mistakes: Improper Slopes for Shower Drains If you are the do-it-yourself kind, you may think you can install a shower yourself. While it is possible, you need to be aware of the proper slope for the base of the shower so that the water will drain properly. An improper slope may cause standing water to remain in the shower and create the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. You will need to remove the old flooring all the way to the masonry and maintain a slope of 1/4 inch per foot. If you aren’t sure how to accomplish this, consider the services of a professional. Forgetting the P-Trap While it may seem easier to run a straight pipe from your sinks and drains, this can lead to health risks in your home. Your sinks and drains need a P-trap to prevent sewer gases from re-entering your home. These work to trap a small amount of water in the pipe after each use. The water in the trap creates a barrier and keeps the dangerous sewer gases out of your home. Installing a P-trap when you remodel is vital. Forgetting to Vent the Sink Installing a P-trap won’t do you much good if you forget to vent the sink...