Sump Pumps: The Solution to Basement Flooding

By January 11, 2016Basements & Sewer Lines

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With the recent heavy rains and flooding in Missouri, basement flooding is a very big problem for homeowners in both St. Louis City and St. Louis County. Did you know that a hard-working sump pump (like the Zoeller M63) offers the best protection against unwanted water in your basement? Located in the lowest part of your basement or crawlspace, it pumps water away from your house, keeping your basement dry and protecting your home from costly damages and mold. Keep reading to learn what to do if your basement is flooded or if your sump pump isn’t working.

What to Do if Basement Flooding Occurs

If your basement is flooded—no matter what the cause—act quickly and be very careful! Basement water may be electrically charged, contaminated, or both. Contact a professional right away. The experts at Tony LaMartina Plumbing Company will quickly diagnose the problem and advise you on the best solution. Read our previous post for more information on what causes basement flooding, as well as additional tips for waterproofing your basement.

What to Do if Your Sump Pump Isn’t Working

Even if you already have a sump pump installed, basement flooding may occur in cases of severe flood conditions or if your sump pump isn’t working properly. There are many reasons for sump pump failure, including:

  • Broken or stuck float switch
  • Inadequate unit size for the amount of water present
  • Clogged intake screen
  • Airlock in the sump pump system

If your sump pump is malfunctioning, we have the skills and experience needed to repair or replace it. We will ensure that your home has a hard-working sump pump to help prevent future water infiltration and basement flooding. Remember: A sump pump is an integral part of your home plumbing and requires routine maintenance to keep it running smoothly.

Please note: Tony LaMartina Plumbing Company does not install sump pumps in homes without a sump pit. Sump pits can be installed by basement waterproofing companies.

Sump pump not working properly? Need a referral for sump pump pit installation? Contact us! Call our office at (314) 965-9377 or email info@tonylamartinaplumbing.com. We’re here to help.