Category: Sump Pumps & Battery Backups

5 Beneficial Spring Plumbing Projects

Spring is in the air and summer is on the horizon. As we work through spring cleaning and prepare our plumbing for the transition, you may be wondering what else you can do beyond simple maintenance. Read on to learn more about five beneficial spring plumbing projects to consider for your home.

1. Repair or Replace Sump Pump

The sump pump protects your home against flooding, so you want to address concerns ASAP. Sump pumps typically last around 10 years, but you should test them each spring by dumping a bucket of water into the pit. Call Robillard for professional inspection, repair, and/or replacement of your sump pump and battery backup should you notice any issues.

2. Update Faucets and Fixtures in Bathrooms and Kitchen

Installing new faucets and fixtures gives your home an updated, stylish look. Plus, since old fixtures can crack and/or rot without obvious signs of damage, upgrading them can also help the plumbing run properly.

3. Replacing and repairing outside faucets

If you notice there is dripping or notice leaks inside your home when a hose is turned on, there is potentially a pipe that froze in the winter and cracked when the temperature began to warm. This needs to be replaced as soon as possible. Also make sure that you turn your main water valve off and on, because if it is left untouched, it can become difficult to turn on over time.

4. Schedule Professional Drain Cleaning

Without proper drainage, your plumbing could experience wastewater backups or other more serious (and more costly) issues. Prevent these problems by having your drains professionally tested and cleaned as part of your spring-cleaning checklist.

And while you’re at it…

5. Have Your Pipes Professionally Inspected

The piping in your plumbing system isn’t indestructible, and it’s not always easy to tell if major repairs or replacements are needed. The best move is to schedule a professional inspection, especially if you’re experiencing decreased water pressure, irregular noises and smells, and/or other plumbing issues more frequently.

We’ve already seen Minnesota’s unpredictable weather in action this season, and summer is right around the corner. As you prepare your home for the transition, consider adding these beneficial spring projects to the list. And for professional assistance and service, rely on the experienced master plumbers at Robillard.

Contact us to learn more and for all your plumbing service and product needs.

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Water flowing from a sump pump discharge hose.

The Importance of a Backup Battery for Your Sump Pump

Sump pumps are an important part of your home’s overall structure. They play a crucial role in diverting ground and flood water away from the house and can protect the foundation from water or structural damage. But what happens if the power goes out in your home? Are you still protected from potential flooding? You are if you’ve installed a battery backup. Read on as we discuss the importance of a backup battery for your sump pump.

How a sump pump battery backup works

A battery backup works by using a secondary pump which kicks in if the primary pump loses power or is inoperable. Powered by a strong battery, it has enough power to remove excess water due to severe storms, flooding, or elevated water table.

The benefits of a battery backup system

Summer is officially here and with it, severe weather and possibly power outages. If the power goes out in your home, so does the sump pump. When the sump pump stops working, there’s a good chance the basin will overflow and possibly flood your basement. Fortunately, a battery backup system can keep your sump pump running even with a power outage. In addition to power outages, here are a few other benefits to having a backup for your system:

  • Tripped circuit – a backup system protects against flooding in case of a tripped circuit cutting power to the primary pump, especially if no one’s home.
  • Equipment failure – you’re protected if the primary pump fails from a clogged intake screen, jammed float switch, or other malfunction.
  • Assistance during extreme weather – Added protection during severe, heavy rainfall, and significant snow melt.

What to consider when installing a battery backup

Picking the right battery backup is important to ensure your system is fully operational and able to handle any situation. Consider the following when installing your backup:

  • Alarm system – a reliable backup should include an alarm which will go off once it’s activated, as well as monitor the battery life or alert you when there’s a problem.
  • Pump capacity – if your primary pump has difficulty removing excess water to keep your basement dry then you want to make sure the backup can pump out enough water if necessary. We advise installing a backup that can handle the same amount of water as the original.
  • Self-test feature – a sump pump that rarely runs is actually bad for the pump. A pump that sits in water is prone to corrosion or mineral buildup. Consider installing a backup with the ability to test itself routinely.
  • Battery capacity – some battery units can run out of power before the electricity comes back on. Be sure to select a system that can meet the demands of your home.

A flooded basement can be disastrous for your home and your pocketbook. An efficient, reliable sump pump system with a battery backup will ensure you stay protected from the unexpected. Ask your Robillard professional for recommendations on which system is right for your home.

Robillard Plumbing has proudly provided expert drain cleaning and plumbing services with professionalism and reliability since 1986. From new appliances and fixtures to emergency service, our knowledgeable team is here for all your plumbing needs.

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