“Did you know that when you get water in the basement and something gets in the way of the sump pump, the sump pump just stops working?” Maria asked. “I myself did not know this until going down into the basement looking for some papers. There was three inches of water down there! I called my husband in an absolute panic. He said, why are you calling me? Call the plumber – fast!”
Understanding Sump Pumps: What Is Their Role In Your House
The sump pump has one job to do. It is the job of the sump pump to remove any water that may accumulate in the home’s basement. Water can get into basements many ways. The most common reason that water gets into basements is due to heavy rain, flooding, or other weather event. In other events, water can get into basements due to groundwater intrusion, or due to a plumbing emergency of some sort.
No matter where the water came from, it is the job of the sump pump to get it out. Sump pumps should quietly and effortlessly remove water as it accumulates. Generally the home owner is not even aware this is going on. However, as Maria noted, if for some reason the intake of the sump pump is blocked (by debris or other clutter) it will not work properly. The water is not removed from the property, causing a real problem.
The best thing to do in an instance where your sump pump is not working is to call your plumbing services in New York City. Never go into standing water yourself in an attempt to fix the problem. Sump pumps are electrical equipment, and the hazard of potentially fatal shock is real. The best New York City plumbers provide 24/7 emergency services for exactly this reason.
In Maria’s instance, clearing and restarting the sump pump alleviated the immediate issue. The typical residential sump pump has a useful life of up to ten years, depending on how much use it sees. Your local plumber can help you with sump pump replacement so you never have to deal with sump pump failure.