The sump pump: is it North Carolinaâ€™s favorite appliance? Itâ€™s almost certainly in the top five, especially after the rainy weather weâ€™ve seen this fall. The Piedmont gets an average yearly rainfall of about 42-46 inches, and when the water saturates the ground, leaky basements abound.
If youâ€™ve never heard of a sump pump, consider yourself lucky; it means you donâ€™t have a problem with flooding! But for many people in the Triad, a sump pump is a necessity to avoid a basement full of water. A typical sump pump sits in a pitÂ where water collects. It has a water control switch that is activated when the water in the pit rises to a certain level. When the pump turns on, it sucks the water out of the pit and expels it out of the house.
Most primary sump pumps are electrical; they need a dedicated circuit and should not be plugged into an extension cord. If your basement floods frequently, or if you have a finished basement, you should also have a battery-operated backup. You can check to make sure your sump pump works by pouring a bucket of water into the pit. As the water rises, it makes the float rise, which should trigger the pump to start working. If it doesnâ€™t, call in the experts at Johns Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning to make sure your basement stays dry.