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Emergency Pump Outs By Morgans Plumbing And Heating
When you walk into your home and find WATER EVERYWHERE, usually the first thought that comes to mind is that the sump pump has gone and bust. People tend to assume there was a power failure, a fuse went or it just died.
Now for the moment let us assume the power is fine as is the fuse, so what could it be? It acyuallu could have been the pupom you bought from a DIY retailer. Yep, the one that came with a lifetime warranty! What makes me say that? Let’s just say I’ve seen this story unfold more than a few times over the thousands of homes I’ve evaluated.
Most sump pumps you find at home improvement centres on the retail parks are not made to last.
Professional plumbers and waterproofers routinely perform sump pump installations. They prefer high performance cast iron pumps for longevity and reliability. These industrial grade pumps are not often found at retail outlets.
The savvier homeowner can choose to obtain a higher quality pump from a plumbing supply distributor, but can he install it as efficiently as an experienced professional? You may not want to take the Pepsi Challenge on this one! Failure to properly install the pump can lead to a flooded basement just as easily as the wrong pump.
“But the store clerk said the one I bought came with a Lifetime Warranty”. Yes it did. How is that warranty working for you now? What the store clerk should have told you is that, “sure, if you save your receipt, and do proper maintenance, we will replace the sump when it fails you during the next storm.” In the meantime, you are paying thousands of dollars to remove wet carpet and damaged drywall / paneling. Your irreplaceable keepsakes are ruined. And now you have to be concerned with the dreaded M word – MOLD.
So, what is the best sump pump to install? It depends. That is why you need a professional to come out and evaluate your unique situation. A professional will use factors such as size of the sump pit, pumping capacity requirements and a proper location for discharge of the water. A basement waterproofing company (like yours truly!) can take that one step further. We can provide you with water management advice to ensure your basement doesn’t leak in the first place – all from the comfort of your own home.
The sump pump is the heart and soul of your basement waterproofing system.