Sump Pumps | Plumber Fort Worth
Basement flooding is unpleasant, dangerous and damaging your home and its foundation. When flooding occurs, it is a problem that needs to be taken care of promptly, and can be prevented from happening again with the installation of a sump pump by a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth.
If your home has already experienced flooding, you need a sump pump to ensure it will not occur again. If flooding has yet occurred, and you feel the rain run-off came a little too close for comfort the last time, our plumbers can provide you with an assessment for the potential of flooding. Understanding the causes of basement flooding can assist you in determining your risk.
Cracks in basement floors and foundation walls are a common source of basement flooding. Cracks should be sealed, and can often be done from the interior without the need for excavation. Furthermore, sealing around intrusions such as cables, pipes or other penetrations through the floor or wall can prevent flooding.
Ensure a Proper Gutter System
A proper gutter system will not contribute to basement flooding when adequately maintained. Gutters collect the water is shed off of the roof, and transports it away from the home and its foundation through downspouts. Downspouts may direct the water onto the lawn, deliver it into a sewer lateral or be connected to a foundation drain, also known as weeping tile.
Downspouts that empty onto the lawn should utilize extensions and splash pads that terminate at least 6 ft. from the home’s foundation to prevent flooding. The water should drain where it is absorbed. Downspouts should be routinely inspected and cleaned of debris if necessary to prevent water backing up and flooding under the roof.
Once you schedule a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth to assess your basement for sump pump installation, we can advise you about any additional sources of potential flooding and how they can be corrected. For example, if your home is located at the base of a hill or incline, a French drain can provide a protective measure against water from this source of flooding entering the basement. A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth is a trained and knowledgeable source for identifying and resolving your basement’s water problems.
Homeowners need to be aware that downspouts connected to a lateral sewer line throughout the community can contribute significant water being added to the municipal sewer system. This creates the potential for the sewer system becoming overwhelmed during times of hard or prolonged rain, and has the potential to result in backup into the basement or home. Backflow prevention devices are a solution to this potential problem and are well worth the investment to ensure sewage doesn’t enter the home.
However, these devices should only be installed by a qualified, licensed plumber to ensure proper installation and operation.
Furthermore, these devices do require periodic maintenance to prevent clogging. A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth can advise you of whether a backflow preventer is recommended for your home and provide the maintenance it requires.
The Purpose of a Sump Pump
A sump pump installed by a professional plumber in Fort Worth provides a last line of defense against water in the basement. Water tables may change, and severe storms can cause area flooding, for example. In any of these cases, water can cause severe damage to the home and its foundation. A sump pump is designed to keep the basement dry.
Sump pumps are typically installed in a sump pit in your basement. Water collects in the pit, and once the water reaches a specific level in it, the pump will come on automatically and remove the water through an outlet or drain.
An additional component of maintaining a dry basement is the battery backup sump pump. Sump pumps are typically powered by your electrical system, and during a storm, there is a risk of a power outage. A battery backup sump pump ensures accumulating water is pumped out of the basement during power outages. Furthermore, in the event of abnormally heavy flooding in the basement, the battery back-up will provide assistance to the primary sump pump. A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth can provide the installation you need.
Sump Pump Options
The two most common types of sump pumps installed are the pedestal sump pump, and the submersible sump pump. The pedestal sump pump sits above the pit, and is easier to service. The submersible sump pump is tightly sealed, enabling it be located in the pit. The submersible is less intrusive, and operates quieter. They are the preferred pump for a finished basement, with a cover to fit over the pit.
If you have already experienced basement flooding, or are concerned that flooding may occur, a sump pump may be the most important purchase you make to ensure the integrity of your home. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing’s sump pump specialists can assist you to select the right pump for your home. Once you’ve selected a pump a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth can install it, ensuring your peace of mind against flooding with professional installation.
Contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth to schedule professional sump pump installation, sump pump repair, and sump pump maintenance. Our experienced, licensed plumbers offer a wide range of residential and commercial plumbing services. We serve Fort Worth, Arlington and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.