SUMP PUMP/WELL PUMP

Sump Pump

Millers services the Gloucester and Matthews area! If you live in this area, you have likely experienced rainy days on end and muddy yards. In fact, Gloucester and Mathews County are at lower elevation and have a high rate of rainfall— this puts your home at a higher risk for flooding. Sump pumps are here to help you!

If you haven’t installed one already, it is worth looking into.

If you already have one, be sure to perform regular maintenance checks on it to ensure it is in working order; not having a functional sump pump can be detrimental to the integrity of your home.

What is a Sump Pump?

Sump pumps are pumps used to remove excess water from around your house and into a controlled location. Sump pumps are useful for houses at high risk of flooding (due to rainfall, elevation, etc) and basements.

Sump pumps offer preventative measures from your home and basement becoming water damaged over time due to excess water or outright protection from flooding.

If you already have one, then you likely know the benefits already. Maintenance is essential to keep your sump pump in working order.

Maintenance

There is no definitive “lifetime” of a sump pump. Most last anywhere from 3-20 years. That’s a pretty big window. The US Department of Housing and Development estimates the average life expectancy at 10 years. Overall, the sump pump’s lifetime is often dependent on regular maintenance (quarterly maintenance is recommended). The following below are some tips and tricks to keep your sump pump in working order:

  • Run a vinegar solution through the sump pump to clean it; the pump will become free from tiny particles and debris which will allow the pump to run much cleaner.
  • Make sure the sump pump’s float switch is not restricted in any way. A restricted float switch will prevent the pump from activating in the event of a flood.
  • Lastly, clean all vents and air holes for maximum effectiveness

Repair and Installation

Millers can help get you started on having a sump pump or ensuring that your current sump pump is in working order! Gloucester and Matthews have a higher rate of rainfall and low elevation, putting your home at risk for water damage—A sump pump is essential to a home’s longevity here.

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