Air Mechanical, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Sump Pumps’

Do You Need Sump Pump Repairs?

Monday, March 16th, 2020

The sun peaking through the clouds can feel a bit like it is taunting us because we all know that it is still really cold outside. But at least it isn’t raining all too much right now. It is nice that you were able to get through some of the wetter weather without any flooding issues like what happened before you got your sump pump.

Speaking of your sump pump though, there still may be more flood risks down the road so while there is a small lull it is a good idea to check on your system to make sure it is ready, just in case. Much like checking your car after a long drive, if your sump pump has been working hard lately, you will want to check it for any possible repair needs it may have accrued.

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Preparing Your Sump Pump For Rain

Monday, October 14th, 2019

The weather here in Andover certainly took a turn. It is quite interesting to experience sun and warm temperatures one day, and rain and light snow within the next couple of days.

But this is Minnesota, so most of us come prepared. However, while scarves, boots, and coats may be ready, the question remains as to whether you have prepared the vital part of your home’s plumbing to help you deal with all that water.

Yes, we are talking about your sump pump. Read on to learn how to prepare yours for the deluge.

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Which Type of Sump Pump Should You Have in Your Home?

Monday, December 14th, 2015

If you’ve ever experienced flooding in your home, you know that preventive action is the only way to go. No homeowner wants to deal with the mess that results from a flood or the potential health troubles that can arise if mold has a chance to develop.

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Is Your Sump Pump in Good Condition?

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Sump pumps are a valuable tool for homeowners with high water tables and a history of home floods. This simple device pumps water to the outdoors before it has a chance to damage your property, and it should hold up for many years without many problems. But eventually, any system can deteriorate to some extent and it’s important that you keep an eye on your sump pump and schedule services if anything seems amiss. Here are some ways you can help keep your home’s sump pump in good condition.

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4 Things You Should Know about Sump Pumps

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Sump pumps are powerful tools when it comes to removing water from your home. If your home is prone to filling up with water, a sump pump is a necessity, but it may also be important for homes that are not inclined toward flooding. Learn more about the importance of sump pumps and professional sump pump services in today’s guide.

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What is a Sump Pump and Why Should I Consider One?

Friday, March 27th, 2015

If you feel that your home is not at risk of flooding, think again. A flood can happen anywhere and at any time, and, as it turns out, is the most common natural disaster in the country. And when you’re unprepared for a flood to hit your home, you may end up with hundreds or thousands of dollars in damages. One of the best ways to avoid the type of structural damage that may result from a major flood is by installing a sump pump.

What Is It?

A sump pump is a device which is generally installed in the lowest area of a basement. A hole is dug into the ground and the pump is placed inside. This unit has a motor and an impeller to force water out of the hole and to an outside drain. You may choose from a pedestal pump, which perches above the sump, and a submersible pump which is encased in a waterproof container. Which one is best for you will depend on a few different factors, and it’s best to work with a contractor to help you make the choice.

Do I Need a Sump Pump?

Anyone who owns a home can benefit from a sump pump. While some areas are more prone to flooding than others, you should always keep in mind that a flood is often unexpected and that little can be done to reverse the damage without spending a lot more than the cost of a sump pump. Sump pumps discharge water quickly to keep your home safe from harm.

If a flood were to hit your home, it could end up costing you quite a bit. In many cases, the water damage is so destructive, you’ll have to make some major renovations. You may end up with a mold problem, or you could end up replacing your furniture or your valuables.

Call Air Mechanical, Inc. for more information about sump pumps or to schedule professional installation for your new unit in Ham Lake.

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How to Ensure Your Sump Pump Works Properly

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

A sump pump can help protect your home from flooding if you live in an area with a high water table or if your home is in an area prone to flash floods. A sump pump may be a necessary installation for homes in your area, but it’s still quite probable that a flood won’t make it to your basement and that your unit won’t need to turn on for a very long time  after installation. Sump pumps do not run until the sump (the basin that the pump sits in) begins to fill, so it can be difficult to tell whether or not your sump pump will operate properly when the time comes.

For installation, repair, or maintenance of sump pumps in Moundsview and the surrounding areas, call the plumbing experts at Air Mechanical, Inc.

Some experts recommend testing your sump pump every couple of months. Perhaps the most obvious way to test your sump pump is by pouring water into the basin. To test out the pump using this method, simply grab a bucket, pour in the water, and wait. If it doesn’t discharge any of the water, or if water seems to be draining quite slowly, you should call a technician sooner rather than later. You can also test your sump pump by simply unplugging the unit and plugging it back in to make sure it comes on. You should ask a professional about the best way to test your particular unit at installation or during a maintenance visit.

Perhaps the best way to ensure that your sump pump is operating properly is by scheduling a maintenance visit with a professional every year, especially before the rainy season begins. A professional will check for issues that may have the potential to disable your unit at some point in the future, even if it seems to be working well now. They’ll make sure that the sump is clean and that none of the inlets are clogged. They’ll also check that the discharge pipe that leads outdoors is not clogged or frozen.

You can schedule sump pump maintenance as part of regular plumbing maintenance with a professional like the ones at Air Mechanical, Inc.

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The Different Types of Sump Pumps

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Sump pumps are your first line of defense against flooding, so you can protect your belongings and the structural integrity of your home. A new sump pump can give you peace of mind if your home or basement is prone to flooding due to a high water table. But because there are different types of sump pumps that must be sized properly for your home, you should talk to a technician who can help you decide and install your sump pump correctly. To help you prepare for installation, we’ve put together this primer on the types of sump pumps available for installation in Blaine.

There are two basic types of sump pump: submersible and pedestal. We’ll get to the differences between these two types of pumps later, but any sump pump is first installed at a low point of your home, usually in the basement, so that water will flow toward it. The sump is a basin that fits into a pit dug into the ground. As water moves into the basin, a motor powers an impeller that sucks it into a pipe so it can drain into the sewer.

A submersible sump pump is installed inside of the basin in the ground. It’s covered by a waterproof case, and contains a flotation device that rises as water fills the basin to activate the motor. A pedestal pump, on the other hand, sits on a pedestal above the pit. However, a pipe reaches into the pit, sucking out the water in the same way as a submersible pump.

Besides the different types, sump pumps also come in different sizes and move at various speeds. Selecting the proper horsepower is the job of a plumbing technician, who will consider the distance the water has to travel to leave your home.

You should ask a professional plumber to help you decide whether a pedestal or submersible pump is right for you. While a submersible pump may be safer and more efficient, pedestal pumps are easier to access and maintain and less likely to need repairs.

If you would like to talk to a dependable professional about installing sump pumps in Blaine, call us today at Air Mechanical, Inc.

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How Sump Pumps Work in Oak Grove

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

The combination of heavy rainfall and high water tables in many places in Oak Grove means the lower parts of homes can face trouble from flooding and excess moisture. Water entering basements and crawlspaces causes damage to building material and objects in storage, contributes to an uncomfortable rise in humidity, encourages the growth of unhealthy molds and mildew, and attracts pests like cockroaches and rodents. This is a problem you must solve.

The best solution is to install a sump pump to remove the excess water. A sump pump takes the worry off your mind and automatically keeps your basement dry and safe. For more detailed information about sump pumps in Oak Grove, MN, specifically to find out what type and size of sump pump will protect your basement and/or crawlspace, contact Air Mechanical, Inc. Your comfort is our concern, and has been since 1985.

The operation of sump pumps

At their basic, sump pumps are electrically-powered impeller pumps that remove water from an excavated area called a sump and transport it into the wastewater system (or sometimes a well). The sump is created in a location where water flows naturally into it and begins to collect so that the water level is high enough for the pump to be able to remove it.

There are two standard sump pump models.

  • Pedestal sump pumps, as their name implies, perch on a pedestal over the sump. The impeller is located at the bottom of the pump, and from it a pipe extends down into the sump. A float in the sump activates the impeller when the water level rises too high, and the water is pumped out until the water in the sump returns to its original level. Pedestal pumps need more power to run than the other model, but they are easy to service and suffer from less water damage because they are not in the sump.
  • Submersible sump pumps sit down within the water of the sump and draw water directly into their intakes. Whenever water is high enough to enter the intakes, the impeller motor turns on. Although sealed to prevent water damage, submersible pumps will wear down faster and need more repairs than pedestal pumps. However, they are more visually appealing than pedestal sump pumps (because they are mostly hidden) and use less energy because they do not need as much suction power.

What kind of pump should I get?

This is a question best left to a professional installer to answer. He or she can determine based on the layout of your basement and the amount of water it collects the type and size of pump to do the job. The installer will set the unit up for you, and you can rely on him or her for repairs and necessary regular maintenance.

Our staff at Air Mechanical, Inc. has many years of experience with sump pumps in Oak Grove, MN. Trust to us to protect your home from flooding and excess moisture.

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