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    An Introduction to Constant Water Pressure Well Pumps

    Last updated 4 days ago

    In most homes that use well water, water pressure weakens with each additional tap that is opened or water-intensive appliance that is turned on. If you are tired of watching the stream coming from your shower head slow to a trickle when water is used elsewhere in your home, you might stand to benefit from the installation of a constant water pressure well pump.

    Using advanced water treatment technology, well pumps like the Grundfos SmartFlo SQE Constant Pressure System can ensure that you get the water pressure you need where and when you need it in your home. The pump system has proven effective at keeping up with a home’s water pressure needs even when the dishwasher, washing machine, and multiple taps are all run simultaneously.

    Equipped with several high-tech features, the Grundfos SQE Constant Pressure System can protect your lines from overload and prevent stress on service mains. If you think that your Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia household could benefit from a constant water pressure well pump, call Tri-County Pumps at (877) 849-8455. Our dedication and expertise have helped us satisfy thousands of customers in Frederick County, Montgomery County, and Washington County.

    Factors to Consider When Choosing a Sump Pump

    Last updated 11 days ago

    A sump pump can keep your home from flooding when heavy rains hit your area or cracks develop in your home’s foundation. In order to get the most out of your sump pump, it should be well-suited to your home’s needs. To choose a pump that is perfect for your mid-Atlantic home, consider the following factors during your sump pump search.

    Type
    Two types of sump pump are commonly sold. Submersible pumps are best-suited to homes in areas that flood frequently and for homes with small children. They are more durable than pedestal-mounted pumps, but also more expensive. Whereas a submersible pump sits in the sump pit, a pedestal pump must be mounted higher up to ensure that its motor does not get wet. There are several manufacturers of sump pumps and even more models. Once you decide between a submersible pump and a pedestal-mounted pump, consult your plumber about the model that is best for your home.

    Productive Capacity
    A major factor in determining which make or model is right for your home is the productive capacity of the pump. If floodwater in your area tends to accumulate slowly and the distance between your sump pump and the water discharge area outside your home is short, you can get away with a sump pump that offers only limited horsepower. If water needs to travel a longer distance before it is fully discharged or you are worried that your home could be inundated with water at a high rate, then you should look for a model that boasts a horsepower of ? or greater.

    Controls
    Different sump pump models are equipped with different switches and controls. Have a water treatment specialist show you a few models that fit your other criteria, and choose the one that seems the most intuitive or user-friendly to you.

    If you do not have a working pedestal-mounted or submersible sump pump in your Frederick, Montgomery, or Washington County home, arrange to have a reputable water treatment specialist install one for you. To schedule an appointment with an experienced and helpful sump and well pump system professional, call Tri-County Pumps in Boonsboro at (877) 849-8455. 

    Simple Sump Pump Maintenance

    Last updated 18 days ago

    As you perform routine maintenance and prepare your home for winter in the coming months, it’s important that you check your sump pump to ensure that it is in working order. For advice on determining whether your sump pump is working properly and carrying out maintenance that will help you get the most from it, watch this educational video.

    If you have recently installed or cleaned out your sump pump, pour a few gallons of water into the sump pit and see if the pump activates properly. If it has been a while since you last maintained your sump pump, you will want to clean debris from the pump and pump inlet first. Should the maintenance steps you take not yield the results you are looking for, call Tri-County Pumps at (877) 849-8455. We serve Frederick, Montgomery, and Washington counties in Maryland and offer a wide range of pump installation and water treatment services. 

    Protecting Your Sump Pump from Flooding

    Last updated 25 days 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 1 month 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.

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