Sump Pumps

It’s not uncommon to love the rainy season. If you live in Pennsylvania, you get to enjoy the sound of the raindrops on the window and the effortless watering session for your outdoor plants about 137 days per year.

With over 38.3 inches of annual rainfall, flooding is a leading natural disaster in Pennsylvania. When you need sump pump repair and installation, turn to Jeffco Enterprises. As Pennsylvania’s local expert in all things sump pump, we’ll set you up with the right type of sump pump for your home and perform routine maintenance to protect your home from ground moisture, flooding, and normal water infiltration year-round.

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What Is a Sump Pump and How Does It Work?

A sump pump is a plumbing mechanism that our Jeffco technicians install below the surface of your crawl space or basement. During installation, we carve out a hole called a sump pit, where we place the sump tank. At the bottom of the sump tank is the pump.

Since it’s at the lowest altitude of your house’s structure, water rushes to the pump whenever there is water infiltration, or a flood. Sump pumps work by recognizing a rise in water levels and then pumping water through a discharge pipe, keeping your home dry and free of harmful mold and mildew.

How Much Do Sump Pumps Cost?

Sump pump installation involves a hefty upfront price — anywhere from $500 to $1,200. However, well-maintained sump pumps last 10 to 30 years, so the system pays for itself over time. Proactively protect your home and belongings from flooding and ground moisture instead of suffering thousands of dollars in water damage after a Pennsylvania storm.

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What Type of Sump Pump Do I Need?

While any sump pump system can effectively rid your home of unwanted grimy water, it’s vital to choose the pump that fits your needs.

Submersible Sump Pump

A submersible sump pump’s motor sits in the sump pit alongside the pump. When the water levels increase, the water in the pit submerges the motor, drowning out the noise.

Aside from the minimal amount of noise, the motor on a submersible sump pump is more powerful, making it ideal for a Pennsylvania home that sits near a body of water or in a low-lying area. These pumps can handle extreme amounts of water and debris, giving your home and belongings a better chance at survival.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sump pumps prevent flooding in the lower parts of your home. However, if your sump pump fails, your basement can flood.

Power outages commonly cause sump pump failure. Since the pump depends on electricity for the motor to function, a lack of power causes the system to shut down, and your basement can flood in a matter of hours.

Signs You Need Sump Pump Repairs

Failure to keep up with sump pump replacement or maintenance can also lead to a system breakdown. If your sump pump needs repair, you might notice:

  • Grinding noises
  • Continuously running systems
  • Constant running cycles

When you notice these symptoms, call Jeffco Enterprises for plumbing service. We will fix any component failures, faulty parts, or issues affecting your pump’s efficiency. If your system is too old to repair, we will offer options for sump pump replacement.

No matter how well you maintain your system, there is a risk it will fail during a storm when you need it the most. A battery backup sump pump can be a vital reinforcement for your primary pump. We install the backup system besides the main unit, which will turn on in power outages.

Whether you use the backup system for an emergency replacement or an added assistance during a flash flood, it can protect your valuables and save you thousands of dollars in damage.

Since 2002, Jeffco Enterprises has provided services from plumbing and carpentry to construction and remodeling. If you’re looking for sump pump repair and installation assistance in the Pittsburgh, Allegheny, or Washington areas, call Jeffco Enterprises at (412) 221-4153.

Sump Pumps can protect your home from water infiltration, and flooding regardless of any recent rain in your area. This can also help protect your foundation from water damage, and any major flooding in your home or basement