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Questions & Answers on Sump Pumps

As your premier plumbing specialists in Durham, North Carolina, we pride ourselves on keeping our patrons well-serviced and well-informed in all things plumbing. We have found that many home and business owners are unfamiliar with their property’s sump pump and its function within their plumbing system. We believe that knowing just a few basics about this device can be tremendously helpful to keeping your home or business running smoothly.

What exactly is a sump pump?

Sump Pumps are simply pumps designed to carry moisture out of the lower areas of a building. Typically, they are found in basements and cellars and automatically pump water out of the building. The water is then carried outside the building via a pipe system.

How are sump pumps properly cared for?

There really isn't a whole lot of care required for a typical sump pump. The biggest and most common concern is contaminants being pulled into the pump that can eventually cause clogs. Keeping the floors around the pump clean can usually prevent this problem. There are also methods of filtering, such as the use of screening products, that we can assist our customers with installing.

Where are sump pumps best located for maximum efficacy?

As previously mentioned, sump pumps are always placed in the lowest recesses of a building. Knowing exactly where the moisture is coming from will help determine optimal installation location. In some cases, channels may be necessary for moving the moisture from the source to the pump where it can then be removed. Most often, foundation moisture and ground seepage are the sources of the most moisture.

What do I do if I need help with my sump pump?

Never hesitate to call your Durham professionals at JD Plumbing Services. We are always equipped and happy to handle your questions, concerns, and service needs when it comes to sump pumps, pipes, faucets, toilets, showers, tubs, water heaters, and all things plumbing.

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