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    Choosing a Sump Pump for Your Home

    Last updated 1 day 8 hours ago

    A properly installed and well-maintained sump pump can help keep your home clean, safe, and dry. Unfortunately, however, not all sump pumps are created equal. Moreover, not even the highest-performing sump pumps are suitable for every home. To ensure that the sump pump you select is well suited to your home, consider the tips offered below.

    Go for Power and Pressure
    One standard by which sump pumps are compared with one another is horsepower. A pump with a horsepower of one-quarter is powerful enough for most sump pump applications, but people who live in flood-prone areas should consider more powerful pumps. Head pressure is also important, especially for sump pits with floor bottoms several feet below an outlet pipe.

    Choose Operation Type Carefully
    Sump pumps are available in manual and automatic models. Manual pumps require you or someone in your home to operate them, whereas automatic pumps kick into gear and flush water from the sump pit even when you are away from home. Automatic sump pumps are preferable for almost every instance, but they generally cost slightly more than manual pumps.

    Determine Appropriate Cord Length
    If you opt for an automatic sump pump, choose one with a cord that is long enough to stretch to a wall outlet. Plugging the cord into an extension cord is less safe and more likely to result in a power failure.

    Opt for Backup
    Some sump systems come with a backup pump or power source that kicks into gear when the primary pump fails. Some of them even have alarm systems that alert homeowners when the pump activates or malfunctions. These functions can be very useful if a power outage occurs.

    Are you a resident of Montgomery, Frederick, or Washington County? If you are looking to have a high-quality sump pump that meets all of your criteria installed in your home, Tri-County Pumps can help. To arrange to have one of our water treatment specialists assist you in selecting and installing a sump pump, call us at (888) 252-9734.

    How Often Should Your Septic Tank Be Pumped?

    Last updated 8 days ago

    With their relative simplicity and the fact that they can be installed just about anywhere, septic systems are remarkably self-sufficient. However, septic systems do require attention from time to time. The answer to the question of how frequently a septic tank should be pumped hinges on a few factors, but you should be able to determine the answer after considering the following questions.

    What Has Your Past Experience Been?
    Unless the number of people your septic tank services has changed significantly in the last few years, you should be able to estimate how frequently you need to have it pumped based on your past experience and pumping records. This is especially true for office buildings, apartment buildings, and other high-occupancy properties with septic wastewater treatment systems.

    How Large is Your Septic Tank?
    Most septic tanks should be pumped every three years, but large septic tanks serving a small number of people can sometimes go five years between services. Consider the size of your septic tank in relation to the use it gets, and contact a professional for an estimate of how long it can go between pumping services. You should also arrange to have your septic tank and system inspected once a year.

    How Old is Your Septic Tank?
    Be sure to consider the age and condition of your septic tank when determining if it needs to be pumped. Older tanks, especially those that have not been optimally maintained, are less efficient and need to be pumped and serviced more regularly than new tanks. If your septic tank is new and you’ve followed the dos and don’ts of septic care, you should not need to have the tank pumped for a couple of years.

    In addition to watching the calendar for that date on which you should contact a septic pumping professional, you should also keep an eye on your septic system yourself. Strange smells, noises, and sewage backup are all signs that your septic tank should be pumped ASAP. To schedule a septic pumping with a reputable professional in the Montgomery County area, call Tri-County Pumps in Boonsboro at (888) 252-9734.

    How Acid Neutralizers Help Save You Money

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Acidic water can have a foul smell and taste, leading you to buy costly bottled water for consumption and everyday use. Over time, water that is too acidic can also harm plumbing fixtures and appliances, resulting in considerable damage that is inconvenient and costly to repair. Thankfully, there is a way to avoid this problem. Acid neutralizers that use state-of-the-art technology to neutralize free carbon dioxide can reliably balance your water’s pH levels. In addition to preventing corrosion of pipes and appliances, acid neutralizers can also help ensure that your water tastes great.

    Would you like to have an acid neutralizer installed in your Frederick, Montgomery, or Washington County home? To speak with a water treatment specialist about finding and installing the right acid neutralizer based on your needs and your home’s plumbing infrastructure, call Tri-County Pumps at (888) 252-9734. In addition to installing acid neutralizers and water filtration systems, we provide a full range of septic system services

    Maintaining Ideal Water Quality in Your Home

    Last updated 20 days ago

    Dirty, smelly water is not ideal for you and your family to drink or wash with. To learn about how you can maintain high water quality in your home, check out this brief video clip. In it, an American Water Works Association representative offers tips for maintaining water faucets to keep your water safe and scent-free.

    To find out more about water quality from a water treatment specialist who serves residents of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, call Tri-County Pumps at (888) 252-9734. We can provide information about water filtration system installation, septic system services, and more.

    Understanding the Installation Process for a Submersible Well Pump

    Last updated 26 days ago

    There are many components to a submersible well pump, all of which work in harmony to effectively provide water. Because of these various elements, it is important to have a professional complete the installation. Here is an overview of the installation process for a submersible well pump.

    Check Valve and Pitless Adapter

    The first component that goes into the installation of a submersible well pump is the check valve, which ensures that water will not flow backwards into the well. This helps to maintain a watertight system with no air. The pitless adapter goes through the well casing, and allows the drop pipe and pump to hang onto it.

    Well Cap and Well Seal

    The well cap covers the top of the well and works with the pitless adapter. The well seal must be installed to separate the well from the outside environment. The well seal and cap effectively hold the weight of the pump and drop pipe.

    Pressure Tank, Relief Valve, and Switch

    The pressure tank is used to store pressurized water and helps to maintain the steady operation of cycles. Without the pressure tank, the system would require more maintenance, more work from the pump, and more cycles. Since the tank stores pressurized water, it needs a relief valve in order to release pressure when necessary. The pressure switch maintains a safe amount of pressure within the system.

    Tank Tee and Sampling Valve

    The tank tee is an adaptor that facilitates use of the switch and gauge, and makes installation of the pressure tank simpler. The sampling valve is installed to allow you to easily take a sample of your water from the pressure tank.

    If you need a submersible well pump installed, contact the professionals at Tri-County Pumps. We are a water treatment service that operates in Montgomery County. We specialize in well pump systems and water softeners. For more information about us, do not hesitate to call us at (888) 252-9734. You can also visit our website to find out more.


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