Sump Pump Emergencies

Sump Pump Emergencies

Most Indiana homes and many businesses require the use of sump pumps. You probably don’t think about this vital piece of equipment very often. In fact, most conversations about sump pumps happen because the pump has stopped working for some reason, leading to a sump pump emergency. If not caught quickly, these situations can end in serious and damaging flooding. Do you know if your home or business has an adequate sump pump system? What would happen to your pump if your area experienced periods of heavy rain? What if the electricity went out during a big storm – do you have a back-up system in place? Reasons Sump Pumps Stop Working Sump pumps stop working for several reasons. Often, it’s just a matter of being “not-big-enough-for-the-job.” If you live in an area that frequently experiences high rain volume – or even if your system is too small or low quality – your sump pump may simply not be able to keep up with the amount of water coming in.   Also, if you don’t have a back-up power source on your sump pump, a power outage will most certainly leave you in an emergency situation. Back-up batteries are a must for your sump pump system, since power outages often happen during heavy storms, a time when you need your pump to be working extra hard instead of not at all! Overheating is another problem that will stop a sump pump from working. This is most common in plastic pumps or those with sub-par construction or faulty installation. Overheating usually triggers a shut-off switch that stops your pump from...
What’s the Big Deal About Frozen Pipes?

What’s the Big Deal About Frozen Pipes?

“I hear people talk about frozen pipes, but I’ve never had to deal with it. Is it really that big of a deal? I just thought you called a plumber and got it fixed. What’s all the hullabaloo?” If you’ve ever had a frozen pipe that burst, you know that it can be not only highly inconvenient, but costly and time consuming to deal with the aftermath. Cold winter temperatures bring added strain to your plumbing system. The potential for frozen pipes that may burst increases as temperatures fall to 20 degrees fahrenheit or below. You are probably aware of the precautions that can be taken to prevent frozen pipes, and have likely put these into practice already this winter. If you forgot to winterize your plumbing system, or if your preventative measures didn’t work, you may have found yourself with frozen pipes. This is inconvenient by itself, simply because you will experience low or no water pressure at the faucet connected to the frozen section of pipe. This can certainly make it difficult to wash dishes, take a shower, or do your laundry, depending on what part of your home was affected. Those issues will pale in comparison if one of your frozen pipes ends up bursting. You will probably not experience a lot of problems right away, other than what has been listed above. A leak will become evident when the ice in your pipes starts to thaw and the water starts moving again. Then your burst pipe becomes a leaking pipe, and you may not even realize it is leaking if it is not a part...