How do you decide which sump pump is best for you?

There are several cheap units available in hardware stores but should you get them? As with other things, cheap units will cost you several hundred dollars more.

Does every home need a sump pump?

Every area doesn’t need a sum pump as per law. If your house hasn’t seen standing water for considerably long periods, a sump pump isn’t necessary. But if the house feels damp or has seen flooding, a sump pump should be considered. Apart from waterproofing, a sump pump will make the environment healthier and save any appliances or other possessions.

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But what is a sump pump?

This pump remains buried in a tub under the basement floor and collects and discharges water to prevent water from flooding the home. If you need to check before deciding to get a sump pump, plaster a few strips of plastic tape onto the wall and leave it in there for two-three days. Do this in several places and when you peel off the plastic layer, a wet wall will tell you what you seek to know.

In modern constructions, the pump is fed by drain lines placed under the house and around the foundation wall. In earlier constructions, retrofit pumps were used that had drain lines feeding the pump.
Irrespective of the type, the sum pump works to keep the water from flooding the house.

Which type of pump should you buy?

There are two types of pumps: Pedestal and Submersible
Manual or automatic – choose which type of pump you would prefer. Manual may save you money, but automatic is better.
Float type – tether or vertical.
Housing material – cast iron, stainless steel, thermoplastic, aluminum, etc. Probably the stronger the housing, the better the unit.
Gallons per hour flow – if you live with a high water table, or where there is a lot of rain, more gallons per hour are important.
Backup and alarm systems – what you prefer will be based on your lifestyle.
Motor amps – like the vacuum cleaner, the higher the amperage the stronger the motor. Consider 12amps, but fewer than 10amps would probably not serve you long.
Horsepower – the most popular units, and those recommended by most professionals, are 1/2 to 1/3HP. For minor problems, there is no need to go overboard.
Discharge port size. A 2″ pipe is usually the largest you can find.
Price range. Again, you get what you pay for. Online you can find a good cast-iron submersible, 1/2HP unit, with a vertical float, for $200 – $300. Shop around and purchase when you find the best fit.
These are some of the points to keep in mind when looking for a sump pump.

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Sump Pump Repair (Before And After)

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Fox Valley Plumbing plumbers located in Elgin, Il, are the experts to call when your existing sump pump malfunctions or is in need of replacement.

We will provide routine maintenance, repairs and inspections for all types of commercial and industrial sump pumps. Our skilled plumbers are also available to handle sump pump emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days year. You can rely on our licensed and insured professionals for quality, fast service.



A sump pump is the last line of defense when it comes to flood prevention, so it is important to make sure your sump pump is always operating properly.

Heavy rains, storm drain backups and broken pipes can potentially cause serious damage to your commercial property and its contents, as well as safety issues for the building’s inhabitants.

Sump pumps are generally installed in the lowest point of the building. Water that finds its way into the building is quickly diverted to the sump pit.

Hotels, apartment buildings and other commercial properties may have elevator sumps to prevent flooding in elevator shafts. The sump pump, triggered by a float switch, turns on when the water reaches a predetermined level. The sump pump removes water by pumping it to an approved area.

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When it comes to your sump pump system, a little bit of prevention can be worth thousands.

So does it makes sense (and dollars) to replace your sump pump system every few years?

The function of your sum pump system is to remove water that my builds up around the foundation of your home during heavy water flow. If you have a toilet in your basement, you may have a sump pump system as part of your plumbing system to eject water out of your basement.

The way a sump pump operates is that it has a float attached to a switch. When the float rises with the level of the water, it tells the pump when it’s time to get to work according to the level of the water. Due to wear and tear the off & on switch might wear out.

Once the microswitch switch wears out, a couple of things might happen:
1) The worn-out switch can fail to tell your pump motor to turn on, which results in flooding in your home.
2) When the microswitch fails, it can fail in the open position causing your sump pump to run without shutting off, and as a result burning out the sump pump’s motor, which once again results in water overflowing.

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The problem with your sump pump is that you’ll never know when the microswitch is going to conk out until it’s too late and you have a flood on your hands in your home.

It’s therefore recommended that you replace your sump pump motor every 5 to 6 years even if it appears that your sump pump is running fine, because you never know when your switch is going to fail. And although it seems like an unnecessary expense, the cost of replacing your sump pump is small compared to the high cost of damage caused by home flooding.

The other thing to consider with your sump pump, is having some sort of backup system. When you have the highest water levels around the outside of your home during major periods of rainfall, these storms can cause a power failure. The combination of high water levels and a power failure can lead to flooding in your home.

Therefore it’s a good idea to install a backup power source for your sump pump. This can be a battery type backup system, or you might want to consider a hydraulic backup system which uses the water supply from your home to run a backup pump that can run for as long as the power is out, whereas a backup battery will run out of power eventually.

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The April rains are our friends but the flooding, leaks, mold, and other plumbing hazards they can cause will put a poop on your party. The good news is with a little preparation you can avoid all the mess that goes along with a flooding home…

Beat The Storm

Be Sure Your Home Has A Good Sump Pump System: Does your area get hit with tons of water? If you live in Illinois, the answer is yes. It’s time to ponder a sump pump system. Sump pumps redirect water from your home to the outside. If your basement sits below the water table and is a continual flood hazard it would be a good idea to get a backup support sump pump system during a big storm. Large volumes of water will rush into your basement if you do not have the correct system in place.

Remove Clutter: Make sure storm gutters and drains cleared of all debris. It’s a good practice to routinely inspect your water flow stays free. This will ensure your pipes remain free of debris to prevent blocked pipes.

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After A Bad Storm

Watch for Mildew: Mildew is caused when moisture accumulates in dark places where not a lot of air flows. Not only can it destroy things, but it can seriously cause issues with your health (and possibly could affect the resale value of your home).

Mildew Can Be Recognized by:

  • Visible mold (generally, black texture)
  • Stinky smell
  • Peeling drywall
  • Breathing issues


Mildew isn’t just limited to basements. Check for moisture or smells in your floors and walls. Slow pipe leaks as well as steady leaks can go without being noticed for a long time. This is what leads to treacherous Mildew growth. Also over time it can cause critical issues to your home’s foundation.

Run the Tap Water: Run your shower & sink faucets. If you notice a slow down in the water pressure, it might mean that you have a busted pipe or leak of some kind caused by heavy rains. Be sure you keep an eye out for dirt, debris, or generally funny colored water. This could signify damaged or corroded pipes.

Watch for Blocks: Pipes can become backed up after rainstorms due to debris deposited into storm drains and downpipes during storms. This type of clog is best left to the pros — not corrosive cleaners.

Call a Pro: If you’re unsure how to detect or repair plumbing damage caused by storms, it’s best to call the pros. Fox Valley Plumbing & Backflow’s professional plumbers have the expertise and tools needed to replace sensitive plumbing components like sump pump sensors, pipes, and fittings.

At the first sign of storm damage, call Fox Valley Plumbing & Backflow to keep your plumbing flowing…

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