Sump Pump

Sump Pumps

The vast majority of Phoenix homes do not have basements, but sump pumps are still used in septic systems throughout the area. The primarily utility of these pumps is to remove excess water that can cause damage to a building’s foundation over time, and propel wastewater when tanks are located uphill from the property.

In the greater Phoenix area, sump pumps have a major role in septic systems. In situations where septic tanks are located above the building, rendering the forces of gravity ineffective, a pump is needed to move wastewater. Known as a wastewater lift station, these types of pumps are common in commercial properties but may have applications in residential homes depending on geographical location.

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What are the Different Types of Sump Pumps?

There are two commonly-used types of sump pumps: submersible and pedestal. A submersible sump pump is enclosed in a watertight casing, allowing it to sit inside the sump reservoir without being damaged. Pedestal pumps sit above the reservoir and work by pumping water through a hose or pipe which eventually lets out into the basin.

There are many factors to consider when choosing which of these options is best for your home, including the slope of your yard, how likely your property is to flood, and the amount of horsepower required to move water where it needs to go.

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What to Know About Installation

Installing a sump pump on your property may or may not require the installation of a new basin. In some cases, upgrading your existing reservoir may also be necessary. If only the pump itself needs to be replaced, costs will be significantly less than if digging is required.

During the installation process you may want to consider adding a backup battery. Although there will be additional costs incurred during the initial setup, this precaution can give you the peace of mind of knowing your system will continue to function by preventing costly water damage in the event of a power outage. It should be noted that power outages are one of the leading causes of sump pump failure, although it is entirely preventable with a backup power source.

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Common Problems

Like any other piece of mechanical equipment, sump pumps inevitably require maintenance over time. In some machines, the impeller (which is used to propel the water/waste) will wear out making replacement necessary. Other common issues include clogging, battery problems, complications associated with electrical outages, and stuck switches.

Though there are a wide range of factors which can contribute to the condition of your pump, but generally speaking, they should function properly for 7 to 10 years. If you haven’t had your sump pump inspected in several years, it may be a good idea to have it checked out as a proactive measure that could save you from expensive repairs down the road

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Installation and Sump Pump Servicing

The Moon Valley Plumbing team can help recommend the best sump pump system for your property. If you have questions about whether or not the installation of a new pump is necessary, or have other concerns about the functionality of your existing system, get in touch by calling 602-253-2600 or contact us online today for more information.  

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