Richmond‘s population was estimated to be 230,436 in 2019. Because of its strategic location on the James River, it is a natural hub for commerce. The area is home to six Fortune 500 companies: Altria Group, CarMax, Dominion Resources, Genworth Financial, Owens & Minor, and MeadWestvaco/WestRock.
Richmond‘s closeness to the James River means it has a high-water table, and buildings with basements are more likely to flood. Homes and offices must have a good working sump pump to keep a basement dry. In the event of a breakdown, who do the good people of Richmond turn to for a sump pump repair?
They turn to bluefrog Plumbing + Drain! If you need any sump pump repair, call the professionals at bluefrog today for a speedy resolution to your problem.
What Is a Sump Pump?
Simply, a sump pump is a pump that removes water from a flooded basement. They are straightforward mechanically but occasionally you need a sump pump repair.
What Can Cause Flooding?
Outside the house – often as not flooding is caused by heavy rain or snowfall. This is made worse if you are in an area with a high water table.
Broken Pipes – if you see clean water, there is a good chance that a water pipe has burst. You need to turn off the main shut-off valve to stop the water. It is a good idea to know where your shut-off valve is.
Sewage Blockage – If you can smell sewage there is a good chance the cause was from a sewage backup. Do not flush the toilet or use your dishwasher or washing machine, this will make the flooding worse.
Whatever the cause of the flooding you need to act quickly as significant structural damage can occur if flooding takes place over a prolonged period. Wet and damp floors and walls are fertile ground for the mildew and mold, leading to asthma, allergic reactions, and other serious health issues. Raw sewage may contain bacteria, so it is best to avoid contact.
What to Do Next
Before you contact bluefrog plumbing you need to turn off the electricity at the mains. Electricity and water do not mix well. Never, turn off the mains if you are in contact with water. If it was safe to do so, try to ventilate the basement.
Cleaning Up the Mess
Your first job is to pump out the water from the basement. When that has done, you need to clean and disinfect the entire basement. Once that is done, the remaining dampness needs to be removed until the basement is dry. Hopefully, your insurance is up to date and will cover most of the expenses.
Different Types of Sump Pumps
There are two main types of the sump pump. Submersible sump pump – this type is built to be completely submerged in the water. It can pump a greater volume of water and can handle solids better than the pedestal type. It is also less noisy and more compact compared to the pedestal type, but more expensive.
Pedestal sump pump – this is cheaper and lasts longer than the submersible type and is designed to be high above the water since it is not waterproof. A pedestal sump pump repair is usually less as it is a simpler piece of equipment.
Sump pumps are designed to be usually installed in a basement, and if you need an expert plumber to help, you need to look no further than bluefrog plumbing. Most sump pumps run from the mains and have a DC backup battery.
Some accessories that you could also purchase are a sump basin which is a pre-molded liner that sits inside the pit in the basement. It houses the pump and collects the water from beneath the slab of the basement. A check value that helps to keep the water from flowing back into the pit. A switch to stop or start the pump when the water reached a certain level and an alarm to detect unusual water levels.
Signs You Need to Replace Your Sump Pump
If the sump pump starts to make strange noises, starts to vibrate, is constantly running, has visible signs of rust or has seen better days, it may be time to have a sump pump repair or replace it. Call bluefrog and one of our friendly members of staff can discuss the options open to you before you need a sump pump repair.
“A Bluefrog plumber came out to advise us and carried out work on a sump pump repair at our property. He was very professional and knowledgeable and answered all our questions and gave us the reassurance we needed. Service with a smile.”
Anne Wong, Richmond, VA, August 2020
“I cannot praise the service you provided enough. Your plumber was extremely helpful in describing why my pump was not working. After giving it a good clean it worked as good as new. I will be using your company for my annual pump maintenance.”
Lewis Holmes, Richmond, VA, July 2020
Why Do People Choose bluefrog Plumbing + Drain?
Many plumbers claim to offer the best services for the lowest prices, but the fact is that many company’s charge a premium for answering an out of hours call. We at bluefrog plumbing do not do this. We never charge for overtime or service calls, day or night, weekend or holiday.
We put you, the customer first. Our plumbers refuse to settle for less than the absolute best for our customers. Cleaning up after a sump pump repair can be a messy and stressful business. We will not leave until we have cleaned up the mess after us.
We at bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of Richmond, VA suggest regular maintenance to reduce the need for a sump pump repair
For your safety, we have all our plumbers thoroughly vetted and drugs tested. They will use hand sanitizer before they enter your home and wear a mask while in it. You can count on us to get the job done properly, first time, every time.