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Sump Pump & Sump Line Services
Sump Pump & Sump Line Services
Since 2001, Shelby Mechanical, LLC has offered comprehensive plumbing repair, replacement, and maintenance services. Our company is family-owned and operated, and our technicians have extensive experience with sump pump and sump pits. No matter what issues your system is experiencing, we are here to help.
What is a sump pit?
A sump pit is an area where ground and rainwater from around the foundation of your home collects and is then pumped away into a drain outlet to prevent water damage.
What is a sump pump?
A sump pump is installed at the lowest point on a home and works to channel groundwater into the drain system. The sump pumps are triggered by a float switch and prevent excess water from building up in your home.
We offer sump pump services including:
– Sump Pump Repair
– Sump Pump Maintenance
– Sump Pump Installation
How far should my sump pump drain from my house?
Ten (10) feet is the minimum distance your sump pump should drain away from your house, but the farther from your foundation, the better.
Can I tie my sump pump line into the sewer?
No, your sump pump must discharge to the exterior of your home and not into the sewer system. This minimizes the pollution of waterways and prevents the treatment facility from being overwhelmed.
How often should my sump pump run?
Depending on your location, your sump pump may kick on two or three times a day, but your sump pump should not always be running. If this is happening, it may be indicative of a more significant problem.
What size sump pump do I need?
The type of sump pump you need is not dependent on the size of your basement. Instead, it is based on the amount of water it needs to remove. For clients who always have a wet basement, a stronger sump pump is necessary. The more water you have to deal with, the highest the horsepower you will need. For more information, please contact us today at 586-726-9444.
How often should I clean out my sump pit?
It is recommended that your sump pit be cleaned out at least once a year. It is common for mineral build-up, sand, and other debris to collect in your sump pit, which can eventually cause your sump pump to stop working. This also can shorten the life of your pump.
How deep should a sump pump discharge line be?
Ideally, you will want your sump pump discharge line to be below the frost line for your area. In areas where the frost line is very deep (for instance, five feet), it is recommended that the discharge line be run as deep as possible, with an air gap installed at the point of discharge. This helps prevent the discharge line from burning up from an ice blockage and allows water to overflow into the ground around the discharge line.
How to find a sump discharge line?
First, locate the sump pump in your crawlspace or basement. There will be a pipe coming vertically out of your sump pit. Follow this line as far as it goes — it will eventually go through an outside wall. Go to this spot outside your home and then trace it to the end. If the pipe goes underground, you can run a hose into your sump pit, which will cause water to go through the sump pump and flow through the discharge line.
How long can a sump pump discharge pipe be?
The point of discharge to the end of the pipe can be any length you want, as long as your property has a downward slope. However, this is subject to engineering requirements for size and drain capacities for your area.
Have additional questions? Feel free to give us a call at 586-726-9444 today.
What Our Customers Have To Say:
“Great Service! Team is fast, efficient and friendly. We had a part of our sewer pipe outside replaced and they did a great job. This was the second company to come out; the first was horrible and wanted to overcharge. Shelby was priced fairly and went above and beyond.”
“John came in and gave me three options. He was straight up about everything. He plunged the bathroom sink and gave it his all. He almost had to snake the drain but he didn’t have to. We have used Shelby twice before. They were prompt, worked hard, and were reasonable. They have proven more than once that they can get the job done right.”
“Very professional and courteous. When I needed a plumber on short notice, they took the initiative to come out very quickly, and the price was very good. If I need a plumbing service again, I will definitely use this company and refer them to others.”