Sump Pumps and Battery Backup Sump Pumps for the Greater Louisville Area
In Louisville area homes with basements and crawl spaces, flooding and water damage are expensive threats faced any time there are heavy rains. Homes with foundations that sit below ground need a way to remove water and stay dry – sump pumps are plumbing solutions installed to expel water and protect basements and crawl spaces from a host of problems created by water damage.
When groundwater levels climb from low to high, a home’s sump pump removes excess water that has entered the basement or crawl space. By pumping moisture outside and away from the home, underground areas are kept dry and flooding risks are minimized.
If your Louisville area home sits atop a basement or crawl space, you need a sump pump. Whether a brand new sump pump is required or it’s time to replace your old unit, call Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. Our sump pump services extend beyond simple installation and replacement – our licensed plumbers perform sump pump repairs as well as maintenance services to keep these critical devices in good working order so they follow through with the reliability and protection our Louisville neighbors depend upon.
For sump pump installation, replacement, repair or maintenance, contact Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling now.
Don’t Risk Water Damage Without a Sump Pump!
The American Society of Home Inspectors shares that over 60 percent of homes across the country experience underground moisture issues. In fact, a flooded crawl space or basement is just something the majority of us are going to have to face at some point. A basement of crawl space flood creates thousands of dollars in damages, not only to structural elements of the home but sensitive contents as well. The high price of water damage remediation could possibly be avoided altogether when you equip your Louisville home with a sump pump for your basement or crawl space, as well as a backup unit.
Sump Pumps and How They Work
A sump pump is a type of pump that is put into service to remove moisture from below ground areas of the home, which in turn protects against water damage and mold growth. Sump pumps remove water from the basement or crawl space’s sump, or sump pit, which is a small basin dug at the lowest portion of the area.
During heavy rains or snowmelts, the ground that surrounds a home becomes saturated with moisture. Areas of the home’s foundation that sit below ground level can experience groundwater intrusion, as water seeps in through foundation cracks and other openings. Gravity directs this moisture to the area’s low point, the sump pit, where it is held.
The sump pit only holds so much water – without a method to remove water, the sump would overflow and the basement or crawl space would flood. So, a sump pump is installed to work within or atop the sump pit (depending on type) and extract water.
Once water levels inside the sump pit climb from low to high, the sump pump is activated by the float switch which moves up and down in the sump pit as the water level rises and falls. The unit pumps water through connected discharge lines that carry it away from the home’s structure.
Primary Sump Pump Models Used in Louisville Homes
A home’s main sump pump unit is either a submersible sump pump or a pedestal model. As the name suggests, the first option is submersible and sits inside the sump pit. With a pedestal sump pump, the pump is installed over the pit and sits above water level on a pedestal.
Battery Backup Sump Pumps Add Layered Protection Against Water Damage
When properly cared for, sump pumps are dependable plumbing components that many Louisville homeowners trust to prevent underground moisture levels in the home. However, even with the most attentive maintenance and care, situations could arise where you are left without a working sump pump – and without protection against basement and crawl space flooding!
- Electrical power outages caused by storms with heavy rains
- Debris or items fallen into the sump pit, blocking float switch operation
- Mechanical failure of the primary sump pump
When any one of the above situations occurs, your sump pump is useless and your basement or crawl space is vulnerable to flooding. Luckily, Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offers the solution that provides alternative protection should the main pump fail – a battery backup sump pump.
A battery backup sump pump has many similarities to a home’s primary sump pump unit, along with some distinct differences. The backup pump has a backup battery in place to power its operation when electrical power has been lost. The backup unit is installed next to the primary and will automatically begin operating when sump pit water level becomes too high, which signals a possible failure of the primary pump or rapidly increasing water levels demand extra power to manage.
When you have Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling install a battery backup sump pump in your Louisville home, your basement or crawl space has superior protection in place to tackle underground moisture and limit flooding potential.
Call Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today and receive a free quote for installation of a new battery backup sump pump from our plumbing team.
Reliable Sump Pump Repair, Around the Clock Availability
When your home’s sump pump fails, there’s no doubt – this is a plumbing emergency during the rainy season, early spring snowmelts, and other periods where groundwater levels are particularly high. Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling knows how important this equipment is for water damage protection, and we are available day and night, weekend and weekday, and on holidays to complete lasting sump pump repairs for your home’s unit.
Protect Your Sump Pump with Regular Maintenance
Because they are housed down in the basement or in areas that aren’t typically accessed, too often homeowners don’t discover sump pump performance problems until they discover water damage below their homes. For this plumbing equipment to reliably operate in needed conditions, maintenance service is a Louisville homeowner’s best insurance.
Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offers sump pump maintenance tune ups to inspect key components and test operations while delivering necessary care to help your sump pump perform whenever conditions call for its use. Schedule a sump pump maintenance visit with our plumbers once per year to protect this important home plumbing equipment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Examine the sump pump unit and ensure that it’s plugged in. Test the sump pump by using a bucket of water, slowly pouring it into the basin and watch and listen for the sump pump to cycle on. Check the sump float and make sure it activates the pumping mechanism. Check for any clogs in the pump and inspect the outlet pipe (located outside your house) to see if there’s any blockage or damage.
Sump pumps are usually installed in the lowest part of a basement or crawlspace. It will be found in a pit like structure.
Sump pumps send water away from your house to any place where the water is no longer problematic, such as a drain storm or dry well.
Most sump pumps turn on automatically through a float activator arm or a pressure sensor.
Yes. Sump pumps make noise when they run. As water runs through the sump pump, it moves air out - which is what causes the sound. It should be minimal noise.
Your sump pump could be clogged. Over time the sump pump can accumulate dirt and silt. Another reason your sump pump may not be draining is because the float switch is clogged or jammed.
There are many reasons why a sump pump is constantly running. The sump pump may have a malfunction, or you may have another plumbing issue that’s causing the sump pump to constantly run.
Sump pump installation can cost anywhere from $500 - $1,200.
In most cases, standard homeowner insurance policies do not provide coverage for sump pump failures. It is important to have backup sump pump installed to help prevent damage from your primary sump pump failing.
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