Indianapolis Sump Pump Repair & Installation
A flood can make a big mess in just a short amount of time, causing a lot of expensive damage. It can be from a nearby creek overflow or during Indiana’s rainy season. That’s why having a sump pump is important for all homeowners. A sump pump is one of the best ways to ensure that your basement stays dry.
B&W has been serving the Indianapolis and central Indiana area for over 50 years. Our experience with sump pump installation and repair makes us not only the best option, but also the smartest. Trust B&W for all your sump pump installation and repair needs!
How Does a Sump Pump Work?
A sump pump’s job is to help keep the area under your home or building dry and to prevent flooding. A sump pump is a small pump that’s usually installed in a specially constructed sump pit in a basement or crawlspace. The pump then collects water that flows through it from drains – like downspouts – or the soil around your home. Then it pumps the water away from the home to keep your basement dry and flood free.
What Are the Different Types of Sump Pumps?
Submersible Sump Pumps
A submersible sump pump is used for industrial and home applications. The device is completely submerged in the water basin. It’s waterproof to prevent water damage to the motor or electronic components of the device. The submersible sump pump is quick to pump up standing water and handles debris easily.
Battery Backup System
A battery backup system will work with your main pump or in place of your main pump if there is a power loss.
What to Know When Purchasing a Sump Pump
Before purchasing a sump pump, consider the following:
- How many gallons of water can it pump per hour?
- What is the pump’s head lift? This is the height a pump can lift water up.
- Does it have a backup system?
- Does it test the pump regularly?
- Does it have AC and DC power of just AC? We recommend AC/DC.
- Does it switch automatically?
- Do you need to monitor and add water periodically, or is it sealed?
Common Sump Pump Problems
Overwhelmed Sump Pump
Sometimes a single sump pump just isn’t enough to protect a home from basement flooding. The pump might not be powerful enough to handle the capacity of water pouring in, especially during heavy storms. If the quality of your sump pump is poor, for example, a plastic model is more likely to burn out or fail to keep up.
Frozen or Clogged Discharge Lines
Sump pumps typically expel any water collected from discharge lines. If discharge lines become frozen or clogged, the system will fail. Discharge lines need to be clear and covered so they can transport water out of the basement and away from your house.
Power Lost to the Sump Pump
If your sump pump loses power when you’re not at home, your basement is vulnerable. Storms that cause your basement to flood can lead to a power outage. If the circuit breaker trips or the pump is accidentally unplugged, your sump pump will not work. If you have a battery backup system, you have no worries. Today’s systems will even send you an alert to the problem.
Sump Pump Running Non-Stop
When a sump pump runs continuously regardless of the weather conditions, it’s a sign of a problem that needs to be addressed immediately. The most common causes of a sump pump continuously running include:
- Stuck sump pump switches
- Check valve is missing or broken
- Continually flooding sump pit
- The discharge line is clogged
What’s Included in an Annual Sump Pump Maintenance?
Your sump pump should have annual service and maintenance to ensure it’s working efficiently. Testing and cleaning your sump pump system is an important part of our maintenance service. Sump pumps have many moving parts that can wear down or need replaced. The intake valve and impeller will be cleaned and checked to make sure they are functioning. The sump pump liner will also be cleaned and inspected to make sure there is no build up or clogging in the future. The batteries in your sump pump should be tested and replaced once a year. The discharge line will also be checked to ensure that water is freely moving through the line.
Contact B&W for Sump Pump Repair and Installation in Indianapolis
Like any other appliance in your home, your sump pump should have annual service and maintenance to make sure it’s working properly. Having a specialist come by to check your sump pump will ensure that your house will be kept safe from any potential problems.
When it’s time to have your sump pump repaired or installed, B&W can help! Our experienced technicians have been serving the Indianapolis and central Indiana community for over 50 years. Contact us today at 317-406-0699!