Keeping Your Plumbing Flowing Smoothly

If you deal with plumbing clogs on a regular basis, you might find yourself struggling with bent wire hangers, chemical drain cleaner, and unfamiliar pipes. Unfortunately, unless you are a trained professional, all of your efforts might be in vain. Most people don't realize it, but it is possible to damage your plumbing by making a few missteps. If you use the wrong chemicals or you push a little too hard, you might end up dealing with damaged pipes or your clogging problem could get worse. Fortunately, you might be able to use this blog to help you to keep your plumbing flowing smoothly.

Does Your Old Sump Pump Worry You? What To Know


If you have been thinking of getting a new sump pump installed and you know there is a lot of rain and bad weather headed your way, you want to have a plumber come to your house before the rain if possible. If you haven't had a chance to test your sump pump and you aren't sure if it works, or if it is the right size for your home, the plumbing professional can help you prepare properly. Here are some things to talk with the plumber about.

Accurate Location

The sump pump may not have been installed in the accurate location around the basement or crawl space. The plumber will look at the location where the pump is, where the drain goes, and how the water is disposed. If the pump isn't in the accurate location, the concrete may have to be removed in another area of the space and a new pump installed with a new plumbing system to go with it.

Proper Function and Backup Ability

The plumber will test the function of the sump pump to make sure that it works, but you will want to test it over a period of time. Just because it works for a few short minutes doesn't mean it can keep up with heavy rainfall or melting snow. Not only does it need to be able to remove large amounts of water at once, but it needs to work with a backup power source if needed so you don't end up with a flood if the power stops working.

Piping and Disposal

If the plumbing pipes for the sump pump are clogged, aren't large enough to pump water out fast enough, or don't lead t the proper disposal location, you could end up with a water problem and flooding. The water has to be taken to the proper location away from the home so it doesn't end up back around the foundation, and the pipes have to get it there. Have all pipes inspected and cleaned out to check for debris or pests.

If you have never been in the house and you worry that during the heavy rain season or the spring when the snow and ice are melting you will have water around the basement or crawl, you want a professional plumbing inspection. With a new and modern sump pump and a system that has been recently inspected, you won't have to worry about a thing. For more information, contact companies like Walt's Plumbing.


5 May 2017