Sump Pump Services and the Monsoon Season

    Have you ever heard of monsoon floods? We have at Cal’s Plumbing. That saying rings true every year in the summer because here in Arizona, that’s our rainy season. As the rainy season is upon us, our Cal’s Plumbing team has a few quick facts about sump pumps and why you should be sure yours is prepared for the upcoming rainy weather.

    Quick sump pump facts:

    1. The life expectancy of an average sump pump is four to six years.
      While it’s great if your pump lives longer than that, it is living on borrowed time. It’s best to consult with a Cal’s Plumbing master plumber if you don’t know if your pump can make it through another rainy season.
    2. A sump pump can either be all electrical or have a battery backup system.
      Typically we recommend utilizing a battery backup system. If your power goes out during a storm and your property begins to flood, your pump will be no help to you until such time as the power comes back on. In extreme cases, this could be days. A battery backup will help you keep standing water out.
    3. Those pumps get hot!
      Just the other day we had a customer replace their sump pump. Their drainage line was backed up and because of that, the motor burned itself out by constantly running. When we got there, we inspected the basin with the motor in it. The motor got so hot it turned all of the water in the container to steam.

    A sump pump running consistently can become hotter than 200 degrees! If your pump has been running consistently or has had power going to it, be sure you give it a little time to cool off before you try to handle it.

    We recommend you get your sump pump checked annually to avoid any complications in the middle of the night during the rainiest time of the year. Another thing we’d recommend is to call Cal’s Plumbing for the installation of your new sump pump if you need one.

    Once again, the average life of a sump pump is four to six years. We have very reasonable rates that include check valve replacement, float adjustment or replacement, battery backup (if you want to add one on), and a whole-home plumbing inspection.

    Sump Pump Installation and Repair in Tucson

    A sump pump is a relatively simple device designed to pump incoming water from the lowest part of your Arizona home away from the foundation, where it can be safely released into the ground. Because of their location or design, some homes do not require sump pumps, but many would indeed benefit from this piece of equipment.

    We offer comprehensive sump pump services, which means that we’re ready for just about anything. Give us a call today if you need a solution for groundwater and runoff issues on your property.

    Sewage ejector or grinder pumps are commonly used in residential homes basements, outdoor pits, or commercial buildings in Tucson, AZ because the main sewage line is higher than the plumbing pipes. Contrary to popular belief, not all sewage pumps grind up the waste, instead, they pump the solids by the velocity with an impeller. Some impellers can break up the waste but it will not be finely ground up.

    Wastewater Lift Stations and Sewage Pump Stations

    Lift stations, also called wastewater lift stations and sewage pump stations, pump wastewater (sewage) from low grade to high grade. These terms are mostly aligned with commercial use.

    Most residential homes with bathrooms or another type of plumbing below ground will have a sewage ejection system, though many people use the terms sewage pump station and lift station to describe their home system. A common sewage ejection system is the E/One grinder pump.

    The sewage ejection system and grinder pump should be inspected and checked yearly, mainly to ensure the floats are set correctly. During an inspection, the system will be checked inside and out for debris and the general life expectancy of the pump.

    Sump pumps are not sewage ejection systems. Sump pumps are used for clean water and not wastewater and should be used for waterfloods.

    Sewage ejector or grinder pumps are commonly used in residential Arizona home basements, outdoor pits, or commercial buildings because the main sewage line is higher than the plumbing pipes. Contrary to popular belief, not all sewage pumps grind up the waste. Instead, they pump the solids by the velocity with an impeller. Some impellers can break up the waste but it will not be finely ground up.

    Sewage Ejector Pumps

    A sewage ejector pump, which is ideal for most residential applications, will only need to pump up to 20 feet of lift to a gravity sewer. A typical sewage pump installation is when there is a bathroom located in a basement that gets pumped to a gravity line which is connected to the gravity sewer or septic system. Sewage ejector pumps cost less than true grinder pumps.

    Grinder Pumps

    True grinder pumps will actually shred the sewage and then pump it through the pipe. The main benefit of using a grinder pump is that paper and other debris that get flushed down the toilet are ground down to help flow through the sewage system more efficiently and not cause clogs in the pipes.

    These are powerful pumps, and until recently most sewage grinder pumps have only been available for commercial use but are now available for residential usage. Grinder pumps are usually installed where the sewer is a long distance from the home or there is a high vertical lift of more than 20 feet or so.

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    We Are Your Pump Experts!

    For more information or an estimate on the sump pump, sewage ejector pump, or grinder pump services, give our Cal’s Plumbing team a call today or request service online here in Tucson, AZ.