Sump Pump

Sump Pumps Keeps The Water Out Of Your Home

If you have ever experienced a flooded basement in your home, you’re well aware of the extreme stress that it causes. The extreme cost of replacing and repairing the damages the flood causes and the loss of personal belongings.

A sump pump is your best defense. These pumps are designed to move large amounts of water from your basement into the city storm drain.

In a perfect world your sump pump will never broke down, but that’s why we’re here for you. You never know when a sump pump may fail, it pays off to have it checked regularly so you always know you’ll have it in perfect condition when you need it most.

Sump Pump Installation

At Polaris Plumbing Solutions, we are highly skilled sump pump specialists; who can provide you with the most professional solutions to protect your home.

Polaris Plumbing Solutions carries a complete line of premium quality sump pumps and battery backup systems. Many home owners choose to add a battery backup system to provide added protection during the loss of power or heavy rainstorms. Call us today!

Common Causes For Failed Sump Pumps

Here is a list of the most common problems associated with sump pumps and how you can do to avoid a flooded basement.

  1. Power failure. Your primary sump pump is like any other electric appliance in your home – when the power is out then they are not doing what they are supposed to do, keep the water out of your home. As a preventative measurement, investing in a premium high quality backup sump pump system.
  2. Float switches getting stuck. There’s a few different types of sump float switches. Vertical, tethered, and digital pressure switches. We recommend digital pressure switches because your basement will flood due to the tethered floats which are known for getting stuck on the inside walls of the sump pump crock and vertical floats are known for debris getting stuck on the top preventing the float from activating. Digital pressure switches have no moving parts and a longer pumping differential meaning it will allow the sump pump to pump more water less frequently.  
  3. Pump became overwhelmed. A sump pump that is undersized for the size of your home may become overwhelmed by the water coming into the sump pump crock resulting in the pump not keeping up and overheating then flooding your basement. Not all pumps have the same performance. The key factor in choosing what size pump you need to protect your home is the Gallons Per Minute or GPM. Most people think that it’s the horsepower of the pump but two ½ hp pumps made by two different manufactures will not have the same GPM. And to have complete peace of mind safe,  investment in a battery backup system.
  4. Sump discharge pipe froze. With the harsh cold winters we experience in Northern Ohio, freezing of the sump pump discharge pipe is a common occurrence. If the discharge pipe outside isn’t pitched properly or has a belly, water will collect then eventually freezing, causing the ice to block the line. When the water continues to fill up the sump pump crock because the sump pump cannot pump the water out, the water eventually has no place to go but overflowing and flooding the basement.
  5.  Old age. “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” is not a good way to practice when it comes to sump pumps as you could end up with a very expensive flooding of the basement. It’s highly recommended that sump pumps should be replaced every five to seven years.

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