Sump Pump Repairs And Cleaning
What are sump pumps?
Sump pumps are located in the basement of buildings and are used to drain ground water or leaking water away from the building. Building sump pumps are generally electric and are operated by a float switch; when the water rises, the float switch triggers, the pump starts and drains water from the sump for discharge into the storm water system.
Key Places You Find Sump Pumps
- Car Park Basements
- Lift Shafts
- Machinery Rooms
- Basements of Buildings
- Bin Rooms on lower levels
- Utility rooms
- Near your fire pump
You will find them in
- Low level buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- High Rise Buildings
Key Parts That Need Service
The sump pump system includes a number of components and all of these need to be kept in working order. Here are the components which typically require periodic servicing.
- Sump pump – including inlet basket and the discharge pipe (usually flexible)
- Float switch – this turns the pump on and off
- Secondary float switch – optional (sits at a higher level, may be connected to an alarm, to indicate the normal operating system has a problem
We often get call-outs to check the electrical systems associated with Sump Pumps.
How can we help?
We can help you manage your sump pump through ongoing inspection and periodic testing of the sump pump. This generally means we will clean the sump pit, fill the sump pit with water, check the pump float is working and pump is able to handle water.
These pictures show a pair of sump pumps we inspected last week in Melbourne CBD. The first image is typical of the grimy location of some sump pumps – in this case under a false floor in a disused lift well. The second picture shows a rather smarter set-up in a basement utility room.
Watch this space as we give a bit of a face lift to the one on the left.