Cincinnati Sump Pump Repair and Installation

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The Two Types of Sump Pumps

Knowing what the different types of pumps exist can help you choose the right one for your basement, and can help you get the right repairs from a licensed Cincinnati plumber when it gives you trouble. There are two types that are widely used today: pedestal pumps and submersible pumps.

Pedestal pumps

These sit on top of a basin. They are air-cooled, so they require sufficient airflow to keep them from overheating, making them less than ideal for smaller basements.

Submersible pumps

As the name implies, sit inside the sump pit and function off of a quieter, water-proof motor.

Regardless of the type of pump you have installed in your basement, it’s always a good idea to have a battery backup for it in case you experience a power outage during a severe storm. Having backup power will ensure that the pump is able to effectively do its job when you need it most.

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How to Tell If Your Sump Pump Needs Repairs

If you have found your basement or underground level flooded or wet, you may have a problem with the sump pump. If your sump pit is too full or the sump pump is making strange noises (whirring, clacking, grinding, etc.), you’ll want to call in a technician.

The pump has to be in good working order to provide the kind of results you need, because rain can come in quickly resulting in a broken pump, you’ll be faced with a basement full of water. If the pump loses power due to a burnt out motor or damaged electrical components, then you need to call for repairs. If the pump has been used heavily and is bogged down by leaves and other debris, call to have it cleaned before it ends up breaking down on you.

Sump pumps are designed to last between 5 to 10 years, and any pump that is older than 10 years should be regularly serviced–or just replace it. Sump pumps with tethered switches will last longer than those with vertical switches.

Sump Pump Maintenance

For those who already have a sump pump, it may be a good idea to have the sump pump serviced. What does that include?

If your sump pump is having problems, we’re happy to come and repair it for you. Or, if repairing an old, outdated sump pump isn’t your best choice, we’ll recommend a quality sump pump as a replacement.

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