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How Long do Sump Pumps Last?

It’s easy to overlook your sump pump–until it fails, leaving you with wet feet or, worse, tens of thousands of dollars in damages. But how long does a sump pump last? The U.S. Department of Housing and Development estimates that sump pumps runs for about 10 years. But that number varies widely depending on the

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Sump Pump Basin Extension Guide

Sump pump basins come in all sizes designed to fit different basements and pump sizes but sometimes you will need to add a vertical extension. In this guide we will teach you when an extension is needed, how to install a basin extension and the best models from the most popular manufacturers – keep reading

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Basement Waterproofing Costs – 2021 Guide and Calculator

If you have a leak in your basement it is important to fix it right away – but the topic of money is on every homeowners mind. In this article we will help you calculate the basement waterproofing cost for your home. Our team of experts know how to install a basement waterproofing system. By

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Best Paint for Basement Stairs

Basement stairs take a lot of wear and tear and are often forgotten about during home maintenance. A fresh coat of the best paint and sealer for basement stairs can go a long way in preventing damage to the wood. In this article our team found the top floor paint for painted stairs that looks

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Sump Pump Alternatives

If you own a home with a basement you will need some kind of drainage system or sump pump alternative. While sump pump is an effective way to keep water from pooling in your basement they do have some disadvantages that can leave homeowners looking for alternatives to a sump pump. In this article we

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My Sump Pump Is Flooding My Yard

If a sump pump is flooding the yard, then it can quickly turn into a muddy mess. Excessive water can arise from many different issues. Pumping water from your basement is important to prevent flooding but it does no good if it causes a flood in your yard. These are the 7 most important things

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How to Unclog a Basement Floor Drain

Need to unclog a basement floor drain without calling a plumber? Our team of experts knows how to fix clogged drain lines and is here to help! Fixing a clogged drain is easy – but you need to act quickly to prevent a flooded basement, a plumbing problem or other water damage. In this how

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How to Replace Sewer Pipe in the Basement

If your sewer pipe has been damaged it will need to be replaced. In this article our team upon experts will show you how to replace a sewer pipe in the basement with step-by-step directions for sewer line replacement, all of the tools you will need plus a few tips and tricks to make the

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Mold On Basement Walls: How To Prevent And Remove

Basements are one of the most common spots to find mold growth in your home – and mold on basement walls can be a sign of a number of problems! If you are a homeowner that recently found basement mold keep reading to find out everything you need to know about basement mold removal plus

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How to Deodorize a Smelly Sump Pump

Sump pumps can start to stink and smell if not properly maintained, cleaned and deodorized on a regular basis. Unfortunately, many people do not know how to take proper care of the sump pump and prevent sump pump smells. Every basin will have some smell since there is usually some standing water below the “On”

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How To Fix A Sewer Smell In Your Basement

Is there a sewer smell in your basement creeping up the stains and making the rest of your house smell like sewer gas? Sewer smells can be quite unpleasant – and can be caused by a number of things in your plumbing. In this article our team of plumbing experts will show you how to

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Can You Use A Sump Pump for a Pond?

Sump pumps are one of the most effective ways to move or drain large amounts of water – but can you use a sump pump for a pond? In this article we will explore everything you need to know about using a sump pump in a pond, including if you can use a sump pump

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How Much Does It Cost To Replace A Sump Pump?

Sump pumps are expensive to replace and it can be difficult to tell how much a good replacement costs. In some cases the decision to repair or replace is financial and based around the total costs of replacing versus buying a new pump. In this post we will review the average cost of replacing different

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How Does a Sump Pump Work?

Installed in sump pits located in lower areas of crawlspaces or basements, sump pumps prevent flooding by pumping water out of the sump pit and away from buildings. Although sump pumps used to be seen only in buildings constructed in low-lying regions prone to flooding, amendments included in the U.S. Federal Clean Water Act in 1987 and

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How To Maintain a Sump Pump

Your basement (or crawl space) sump can be the difference between expensive water damage repairs and a dry basement. Skipping out on yearly sump pump maintenance and service is a sure-fire way to have a problem next time there is heavy rain. Keeping your pump in good working order is not difficult and it does

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Sump Pump Running but Not Pumping Water

Notice that your basement sump pump is running but not pumping water? This is a sure-fire sign of a mechanical or drainage problem that needs to be fixed ASAP. In this article we will explore the 5 most common reasons why a sump pump will run without draining water and how to fix the problem.

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How to Fix a Smoking Sump Pump

First of all, if your sump pump is smoking (or on fire) then you need professional help or even the fire department. If possible flip the breaker that controls your pump or if the smoke is just coming from the actual pump, unplug it immediately. Smoke means you are at risk for starting a fire

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Basement Furnace Room Ventilation Guide

Basement furnace room ventilation may not seem like it is important until your heat stops working or worse – a fire! In this guide we will show you how to vent a furnace room so your family stays warm all winter. In this guide we’ll review how to vent a basement sump pump: What is

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How to Fix a Frozen Sump Pump

A frozen sump pump can spell trouble when you need your pump to be working the most to keep your basement area dry and moisture-free. Here are some things to consider if a frozen sump pump is causing you grief. The most obvious thing to do is to defrost the pump, unfreeze the lines, and

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5 Best Way to Heat a Basement

A cold basement can cause a number of problems throughout the home in Winter – plus it can make going downstairs unpleasant. For most homeowner basement heating and insulation is an afterthought until pipes start freezing and the electric bill soars in the Winter. In this article our team of basement experts reviewed the best

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How to Fix a Clogged Sump Pump

A clogged sump can lead to unexpected basement flooding and other mechanical problems if not prevented with seasonal maintenance and regular drain line checks. In this article we will show you how to fix a clogged sump pump as well as a few tips and tricks to keep sentiment from building up in your drain

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My Sump Pump is Overflowing Into My Basement

An overflowing sump pump can be real trouble for the foundation and moisture content of your home or business. Here are some things to consider and 5 common causes of sump pumps overflowing plus an additional guide on how to stop your basement sump pump from overflowing – and a few tips on what to

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Sump Pump Vibration Guide

A vibrating sump pump can be a sign of a mechanical problem, overworked motor or problems with the drain lines. If your pump seems to be vibrating and shaking more than normal keep reading to learn more about the most common causes and how to fix them! In this guide we’ll take a look at:

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How Deep Should a Sump Pump and Discharge Line Be?

Trying to install a sump pump discharge line by your self but not sure how deep it should be. In this post our team well outline how do you different types of discharge pipes need to be in order to properly drain sump water. Keep reading to learn more about sump pump, basin and discharge

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How to Test a Sump Pump

Installing a sump pump in your basement is good – but you still need to test it on a regular basis. Skipping out on tests and other maintenance is a good way to flood your basement when the pump fails! It is recommended you are testing your pump system at least once every 3 months

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Is Sump Pump Discharge to the Street Illegal?

In many cities it is illegal for a sump pump to discharge into the street. Many homeowners are surprised to learn that draining their sump water into the street or alley is against the rules – keep reading to learn more about why it is important to have a real drain system and not pump

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Zoeller vs Wayne Sump Pumps

Choosing the best sump pump for your basement can be hard, two of the most popular brands are Zoeller and Wayne. Both Companies make high quality pumps but if you are a first time shopper the decision making process can be tough. In this article we will review Zoeller sump pumps vs Wayne sump pumps

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Are Egress Ladders Needed For Window Wells?

Window wells are common in homes that have basements – but are egress ladders needed for window wells? In this blog post, we will review explore everything you need to know about the basement window well ladders. – including the top models of and how to know if your home needs a ladder! An egress

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How Much Electricity Does A Sump Pump Use?

Sump pumps are powered by electricity (unless you have a water powered pump) – but exactly how much electricity does a sump pump use? In this article we will review exactly how mich power sump pumps use – keep reading to find out more! Different models of sump pumps use different amounts of power. Pumps

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Sump Pump Basin Holes Guide

A sump pump basin is an important part of your sump system – but many homeowners are not sure if they need to drill holes in their sump pump basin. In this article our plumbing experts will teach you everything you need to know about sump pump basin holes including how large, how many holes

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Help! My Sump Pump is Spraying Water

Your basement sump pump should never spray water everywhere. After all, the entire purpose of a sump pump is to make sure no water or moisture enters your basement. If your sump pump is spraying water, then this might be a sign of the following problems. Lets check out 6 reasons why your pump might

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What To Do When A Sump Pump Is Tripping A Breaker?

A sump pump is something that you rely on to make your home more comfortable and prevent long-term moisture damage to the structure and foundation. If your sump pump is tripping the breaker, then it points to a problem due to faulty wiring or connections. Here are the 6 most important things to consider if your

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How to Extend a Sump Pump Discharge Pipe

If your sump pump discharge pipe is an inconvenient location you may want to relocate or extend it to a better location. Changing the location of your pipe is not hard but does require a few hours of labor. In this guide we will show you step by step instructions plus the tools you need

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The 5 Best Sewage Grinder Pumps

A sewage grinder pump can destroy debris and clog causing particles in your home’s wastewater. Not every home needs a grinder pump – if your home needs one to prevent drain line damage you will know! In this article, we will review the top-rated and most popular ejector pumps on the market in to help

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My Sump Pump Alarm Is Going Off – What To Do

Any alarm deserves some attention. If your sump pump alarm is going off then there are several things you can do you make sure your basement is not flooding and your pump is still working properly. If you hear your sump pump alarm going off you need to investigate right away! Not sure what to

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Can Mold In My Basement Affect Upstairs?

Find mold growing in your home basement and worried it may affect your health upstairs? Our team did the research to answer a common question so you can have all the facts and take action to protect your families health! It is not uncommon to find mold growing in a basement, cellar or crawl space

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How to Reset A Sump Pump

If your sump pump is not running quite as good as the day it was installed it might need to be reset. Your sump pump is responsible for pumping ground water that builds up in your basement into the sewer or drain. Most pumps from name brand companies – like Zoeller – are well made

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What to do When Your Sump Pump Leaks Oil

A sump pump leaking oil means that your pump is at risk of lacking lubrication in key areas of the motor while running. Oil Leaks of any size are serious and should never be ignored. Sump pump oil in the pit, basin, drain lines or on the side of the pump is a sign something

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How to Vent Your Sump Pump

In many areas your sump pump pit and basin do not need a lid but if there is a risk of radon gas leaks some local laws require you to cover and vent your pump system. This might sound like extra “red tape” but radon is a radioactive gas that can cause medical problems like

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Sump Pump Weep Hole Guide

Installing a sump pump but not sure what a Weep Hole (aka a relief hole) is – or where to install it? Our team of basement waterproofing experts put together a guide to help you drill your Weep Hole and avoid air lock! A sump pump weep hole may not sound important thanks to their

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Sump Pump Running with No Rain

If your sump pump is running and there is no rain in the sky there is a chance that something is wrong but it also might be working correctly. There are a number of reasons why your pump pick turn on when while it is not raining. Keep reading to learn the 6 reasons why

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How To Adjust Sump Pump Float

Correctly positioning your sump pump float relative to the water line is key for a properly working pump. By raising or lowering your float to the correct level you will keep your pump turning on and off and decrease the risk of basement flooding. In this article we will review hot to adjust different float

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How to Clean a Sump Pump

Sump pump pits need cleaning every so often. Ignoring cleaning your pump and pit puts you at a higher risk of clogs, floods and can let mold and other bacteria grow hidden under the pit cover. Many people know that they need to clean their sump pit and pump from time to time but are

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Sump Pump Parts Guide

Sump pumps have many parts that make draining water from your basement or crawl space possible. Each part plays in important role in pumping water – in this article we will explore the 9 most common parts and where to find replacement parts in case yours breaks! Float Switch The float switch is one of

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Sump Pump vs French Drains – Which is Better?

Sump Pumps and French Drains are two of the most popular and effective home drainage methods. Both sump pumps and french drains offer different advantages and disadvantages. While both draining options are effective at keeping water out of the basement it is important to consider all your options so you don’t end up with a

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Do I Need A Sump Pump?

Are you a new homeowner wondering – Do I Need a Sump Pump? In this article we will walk you through deciding if your home needs a sump pump plus how to pick the right model. Unfortunately one thing that is not covered in school is when your home needs a sump pump. In this

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Fantech vs RadonAway Radon Fans

Fantech and RadonAway are two of the most popular radon fan manufacturers – but which one is best? We put Fantech vs RadonAway to the test in a head to head competition to see which system is best for your home. Keep reading to learn more about the top models from each company and our

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How to Prime a Water Pump

Most water pump need to be primed in order to work efficiently and create pressure inside the motor. Without proper priming after a few months of in use the pump will need to be primed and flushed. In this article we will show you how to prime a water pump with a step by step

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Sump Pump Fail Guide – 10 Reasons Pumps Fail

When your sump pump fails it can mean a basement flooding and thousands of dollars in water damage. Sump pumps may seem like confusing machines but most pump problems can be attributed to a few common problems. Our team of sump pump experts put together a list of the most common reasons for your pump

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