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    Protecting Your Sump Pump from Flooding

    Last updated 1 day 18 hours ago

    Sump pumps are designed to keep buildings from flooding. If a sump pump cannot process water properly and floods itself, then flooding of the building is almost sure to follow. To keep your sump pump from flooding, follow the maintenance steps discussed below every few months and any time that you are home before a major storm is expected.

    Ensure Pit is Clear
    Debris that occasionally finds its way into your home’s sump system with floodwater will accumulate in your sump pit. In order to prevent blockage, you should clear debris from your sump pit at least once a year. Since even small articles of debris should be removed, you can benefit from hiring a professional to thoroughly and efficiently clear your sump pit for you.

    Maintain Check Valve
    Remove and closely inspect your sump pump’s check valve. If the connections are not watertight, then tighten them. If the valve looks worse for wear and has been in use for two years or longer, have it replaced. A fully functional check valve is necessary in ensuring that your pump discharge pipes only pushes water out from the pit.

    Test Pump Switch
    Once you have cleaned the sump pit and inspected the check valve, test the pump switch to make sure that it is working. To do this, pour several gallons of water into the pit. The pump switch should engage when the water in the pit rises to a certain level.

    Check Power Source
    If the pump switch does not engage when you add water to the sump pit, check the outlet that powers the pump. Make sure that the power supply has not been tripped, and call a pump system expert if you need help. To protect your home from flooding should your sump pump fail without your knowing it, install a secondary pump  water. It is also a good idea to have a backup power source or secondary, dry-cell battery-powered sump pump in your sump pit.

    Plumbing and water treatment specialists recommend that every home be equipped with a sump pump. If you live in Frederick County, Montgomery County, or Washington County and are looking to have a sump pump professionally installed in your home, call Tri-County Pumps at (877) 849-8455 for reliable service from technicians you can trust. We also service and install well pumps and septic systems. 

    Can Your Pedestal Sump Pump Be Replaced with a Submersible Pump?

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Recently, long periods of drought followed by record rainfall have flooded large parts of the country. Weather is always unpredictable, which is why having a sump pump installed in your home is important. If you still have a pedestal sump pump in your home’s basement and are wondering if it can be replaced with a submersible sump pump, contact your sump pump service specialist for an evaluation. For an overview of the steps involved in the sump pump replacement process, which should only be carried out by a skilled expert, check out the information below.

    Check Sump Pit Size
    Since submersible sump pumps must be submerged in water, they require more sump pit space than pedestal pumps do. The service professional you hire will determine if your sump pit is already large enough for a submersible pump. If the pit is too small, it will be necessary to expand it before proceeding.

    Replace Sump Pump
    The actual replacement process for a sump pump is fairly complex and involves several steps. Proper placement and connection of the pump’s parts to your power supply is essential for safe and effective operation of your submersible sump pump. This is why it is important to hire a professional sump pump installation expert to complete the job.

    Adjust the Float
    Most manufacturers of submersible sump pumps recommend that there still be some water in the pit when the pump shuts off. In order to ensure that this is the case, the service professional who completes the installation will adjust the float to the correct level.

    To ensure that your new submersible pump is installed properly and ready to spare your Frederick, Montgomery, or Washington County home from water damage, entrust a Tri-County Pumps service specialist with the task. To schedule an appointment with one of our sump pump installation and repair experts, contact us online or call (877) 849-8455.

    The Installation Process for Submersible Well Pumps

    Last updated 15 days ago

    A submersible well pump is the most efficient option for drawing the well water that you use for cleaning, cooking, and bathing in your Frederick or Montgomery County home up from the ground. If you are looking to install a submersible well pump in your home, the first order of business is to purchase a new well pump and hire a water treatment specialist to assemble its components and install it.

    Once the well pump has been put together, a pretest is performed by turning the pump on to ensure that it is working before it is inserted into your well. If the well pump performs correctly, the well pump installation expert will lower the pump into the well, going slowly to prevent damage. The pump’s pitless adapter and check valve should both be engaged by this point to prevent leakage and other problems.

    new submersible well pump could revolutionize the way water is drawn from your well water supply. To arrange to have an experienced well pump systems specialist install a submersible pump on your Frederick, Montgomery, or Washington County property, call Tri-County Pumps at (877) 849-8455.

    Keep it Flowing Frederick!

    Last updated 22 days ago

    Are You Causing Your Sump Pump Problems?

    Last updated 22 days ago

    Do you have a sump pump in your basement, but are not quite sure that it is doing its job? If you have discovered water on the floor around your sump pit or have recently tested your sump pump and found that it does not seem to be in the best working order, there are a number of factors that could be to blame. Continue reading for some tips to help you determine if your actions are responsible for your sump pump problems.

    Sump Pump Maintenance
    Have you kept up with your sump pump’s maintenance needs as recommended in the owner’s manual? If not, this may be where the source of your problem lies. Dig out that manual or look it up online, and give your sump pump the attention and care it needs. Clean the grate at the bottom, and clear the vent hole in the discharge pipe if it is blocked. Check the sump pit for debris that could also be keeping the pump from working.

    Sump Pump Capacity
    Does your sump pump have the capacity necessary to pump water out of your basement sump pit at the rate it enters? Check your pump’s gallons per minute or gallons per hour rating, and consult your water treatment specialist about whether or not a replacement is a good idea.

    Sump Pump Backup
    Have you considered installing a backup system for your sump pump? Available in electric and hydro-powered options, a sump pump backup can help ensure that your basement remains free of water, even if your sump pump fails. To learn more about your backup sump pump options, contact a sump pump service expert.

    If you are unable to determine what is wrong with your sump pump, it is important that you schedule an appointment with a sump pump service specialist in the near future. To arrange to have your pump inspected, repaired, or replaced by an experienced water treatment professional who serves Frederick County, Montgomery County, and Washington County, call Tri-County Pumps at (877) 849-8455.

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