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Avoid Flooded Basements | Plumbers Houston

If your basement routinely floods, a sump pump is the solution to protecting your home by pumping water out before flooding can occur. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing’s plumbers in Houston will provide the professional installation, or other sump pump services that you need. In the following, we will look at the benefits a sump pump will provide to your flood prone basement.

  • The prevention of flooding, as well as controlling dampness is the most common reason homeowners choose to have a sump pump installed by our professional plumbers in Houston. A sump pump will help to prevent the musty basement odor by keeping the basement dry.
  • The presence of moisture in the basement is very likely to cause mold and mildew, increasing health problems in persons with allergies, asthma, and respiratory problems. Even healthy people can become ill due to mold. If your basement floods, Benjamin Franklin’s plumbers in Houston will provide prompt service.
  • The home above the basement is also at risk due to water in the basement. Moisture from a flooded basement will permeate floor joists and increase the humidity within the home. If flooding is not addressed, floor joists and floors will begin to rot, while the increased humidity in the home above will lead to mold, mildew and potentially rusted appliances.
  • Protecting the integrity of your home’s foundation is important. Flooding can cause extensive damage to a home. In the basement water can damage the foundation with cracking in the concrete floors and walls. This damage has sobering repercussions in that your home has lost value, strength and structural integrity.

The repair of weakened and damaged foundations is costly, and collapse is possible if not repaired. The installation of a sump pump can prevent it from ever occurring, and the cost of doing so is only a tiny fraction, compared to the cost of repairing even minor damage. Call our plumbers in Houston for reliable sump pump installation, repair and service.

If your home is located on the side of a hill, you may think flooding won’t be a problem, but your home may still be at risk. Basements are coated with a waterproof seal that deteriorates over time. Eventually, water can enter the basement, and allow damage to occur to the foundation. Not only is a sump pump a wise investment, it is also a good idea to provide the basement with a back-up sump pump to pump water during power outages.

With an estimate that 96% of basements will flood at some time, having a sump pump is good insurance against damage. The causes of flooded basement vary.

A burst water line or excessive rainfall may flood the basement and are a few of the common causes. A sump pit collects water; the sump pump will start up when it reaches a particular level, pumping the water outside through a drain to a safe distance away from your home.

Sump Pump Maintenance

A sump pump will require some basic maintenance to ensure it will operate when needed. Use the following routine checks to help assure when your basement floods, the sump pump is ready to perform. Test for Operation Test the sump pump before the rainy season begins and before going on vacation.

First, check the open end of the discharge pipe on the lawn to ensure it isn’t blocked.

Next, clean out any accumulated debris from both the basin, and the covering screen. Then, use a bucket to pour approximately 5 gallons of water into the sump pit. The sump pump should cut on and pump the water out. If the pump fails to cut on, or clear the water out check the following under troubleshooting before calling Benjamin Franklin’s plumbers in Houston for sump pump repair.

Sump Pump Troubleshooting

If the pump fails to start up after pouring water in the sump pit, press the pumps reset button if present. If the sump pump fails to start, check the breaker and ensure it is in the on position. The breaker should be located in the home’s electrical service panel. If these steps don’t correct the problem, call our plumbers in Houston for repairs.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is a pump that won’t shut off. First, check the water flow in the pit. If it is circulating the discharge line has likely come off or is blocked. This will require our plumbers in Houston to provide repair.

If water is being discharged outside and the pump is continuously running you may need a higher capacity pump, or a second backup pump to assist. An additional cause may be due to the pump being seated too low in the pit. An easy way to check for this being the issue is to turn the pump off and see how high the water rises in the pit. If the water stops rising and levels off, the pump may simply need to be raised a few inches. On the other hand, if the pit overflows you need a higher capacity pump, or a back-up pump installed.

An additional cause may be related to an increase in the ground water level. If this is the case you will need a higher capacity pump, or a backup pump to assist. Ben Franklin’s plumbers in Houston have the experience and expertise to provide the sump pump service that you require.

Sump Pump Repair

As a mechanical device the sump pump and will eventually wear out and require repair, or replacement. It is for this reason that many homeowners request our plumbers in Houston to install a back-up sump pump. It provides the primary pump with assistance when above average flooding occurs, and stands in as a secondary pump if primary pump failure occurs.

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing will provide you with the expertise of a licensed plumber in Houston for your plumbing needs in the Houston region. Give us a call when you need sump pump installation, maintenance, or repair. Keep our professional plumbers in mind when you require any plumbing services. We provide reliable full service plumbing, prompt service, and back all of our work with the exclusive Benjamin Franklin 100% satisfaction guarantee. Give our plumbers in Houston a call when you want the assurance of professional plumbing. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.