Sump PumpsA sump pump is a crucial part of any home’s basement waterproofing strategy. A good working sump pump can help give homeowners peace of mind, especially during periods of heavy rainfall when flash flood warnings may be issued. Sump pumps work to safely and effectively distribute built up water away from the home’s foundation to prevent the basement from flooding. Having a sump pump can mean the difference between flooded basements, water damage, and contents damage. Cranney is ready to fix any sump pump issues you may be having that prevent your sump pump from protecting you against flooding and water damage.
Typical sump pump problems include:
- No water enters the pit– If the drain tile is installed at the wrong angle, this is a typical result. The tile collects water from the foundation of your home. If installed improperly, water cannot enter the pit and your pump will be useless.
- Clogged– Dirt or debris can easily clog a pump that does not have a lid. The float switch, the device that turns your pump on or off depending on the water level, can clog as well. This will result in your pump either shutting off completely or running continuously.
- Overwhelmed– Cheaper pumps usually have trouble handling the water volume created by a basement flood. Either they can’t pump the water fast enough or they simply burn out. You should have a high-capacity pump installed with a battery backup.
Sump Pump Replacement OptionsCranney offers a variety of sump pump replacement options in order to guarantee the optimally safe environment within your home. Some of our replacement options include:
- Liner – A pump without a liner can become easily clogged with debris and dirt. A clog will not be a concern, however, if the pump has a liner. At Cranney Home Services, we provide bolted-on lids that ensure your pump will work as intended.
- Battery backup – This type of system is highly recommended if you have a finished basement. Should the power go our or your main pump fail for any reason, this redundant system will protect your basement for several hours.
- Marine-grade – This system ranges from .5 horsepower to more than 1 horsepower, and features a marine-grade, 12-volt battery. It comes in a wide range of gallons-per-minute pumping capacities. And it offers a choice between a tethered switch that features an adjustable pumping range or a universal float switch that easily mounts to a discharge pipe.
- Alarm monitoring – Basic models sound an alarm that can be heard throughout a home if any water is detected, while advanced models can send an alarm via phone, text or e-mail.
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