Toilets are a luxury we take for granted until they start causing us problems. Here are some common issues that indicate it may be time to replace your toilet, and how to choose the best replacement for your home.
Should I Replace My Toilet?
Your toilet is a molded porcelain fixture. There is little you can do to repair a toilet once it becomes cracked or clogged with mineral deposits. Age, repairs, inefficiency and height are other reasons why replacing may be the best choice. Here are some signs that it may be time to replace your toilet.
If you notice puddles of water around your toilet you may have cracks in the porcelain of your bowl or tank. Sometimes these are hard to see as water may migrate behind the bowl onto the floor. Toilet cracks can be a costly problem in more than just your water bill; water leaking can damage your floor and result in mold and mildew growth. If your toilet is cracked replace it right away. To diagnose a toilet crack, put dye in the tank and bowl. If the dye makes its way to your toilet bowl or floor then you probably have a crack.
Unclogging a toilet is tricky because of the way the inside of a toilet is shaped. The first tool to try is a plunger and this may dislodge the clog. Unclogging a toilet with an auger is possible in some cases but should be done with an auger that will not scratch the finish on your bowl. Constant clogging is the first sign that a toilet needs to be replaced.
Built Up Mineral Deposits
Mineral deposits commonly collect in the holes under the rim of your bowl. Clogged inlet tubes will reduce the efficiency of your toilet making flushing waste difficult. Mineral deposits can also clog the syphon tube in your tank causing the same problem. Removing mineral deposits is possible but not easy.
Age or Plentiful Repairs
If your toilet is older, needs repairs, or perhaps you would prefer a designer color or style, it is time to consider replacement. Newer toilets flush more effectively with less water and are a better solution than making ongoing repairs on an older toilet. Older toilet bowls may have worn surfaces as well, making them unsightly and more difficult to keep clean.
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What Toilet Should I Buy?
What is the best toilet? Although that depends on your personal requirements, here are features to consider when choosing a toilet.
Tall, or “comfort height” toilets are a popular choice for homeowners these days. Even an extra 2 to 3 inches in the height of a toilet can make a big difference in comfort and ease of use. Some homeowners have commented that the extra 2 to 3 inches of taller toilets seems like 12 inches, and they really like the taller toilets. Standard height toilets measure 15 to 16 inches from floor to seat top and are not as comfortable as taller toilets. Tall toilets measure 17 to 19 inches from floor to seat top and are considered ADA compliant.
Elongated bowls can also add to comfort and ease of use. For a toilet to be considered ADA compliant, it must have an elongated bowl. Round bowls may be better in tightly spaced bathrooms, and there are even designer toilets with square bowls.
Most newer toilets use less water than older models, but some are considerably more efficient which can save you money in the long run. High efficiency toilets (HET) flush with no more than 1.28 gallons per flush. Older toilets may use over 3 gallons per flush.
Over the years, new and more effective flush options have been invented to drive up effectiveness and performance to the max with minimal water consumption. Dual flush systems give you the choice of using small amounts of water for liquid waste or larger amounts of water for solid waste. Power flush or pressure assist toilets rely on air pressure technology instead of a water reservoir and gravity. Touchless flushing systems allow you to flush without touching the toilet, reducing the spread of germs.
One Piece and Wall Mount Toilets
Some toilets have tanks which are molded as part of the bowl making them one-piece as opposed to two-piece. One-piece toilets are often easier to clean and more fashionable than traditional two-piece toilets. Some toilets can be mounted on the wall, allowing for easy cleaning of the floor.
Consider the Seat First
The number of toilet seats types available is staggering. Soft close seats are a great option as they do not bang when you drop them, so you don’t have to bend over to close them. Lighted and heated seats are very popular, too. Raised seats are great if your joints are achy. And if fashion is your thing, seats come in all types of fun materials and colors. And you may want to invest in the luxury of a bidet toilet seat system. Not all seats come in all bowl shapes, so if you are in the market for a new toilet, you may want to consider your toilet seat first.
Call our Expert Plumbers Today to Help you Decide
Our expert plumbers are available to help you through the process of choosing your next toilet. We can also help you repair your current toilet if that is the option you choose. Call us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y, KS or MO (913-268-4669), submit a form here: https://www.anthonyphc.com/schedule-service/, or chat with us at www.AnthonyPHC.com.
Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is proud to announce that we have earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA) for 2019. This is the 13th year in a row Anthony PHC has earned this award, which honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List.
“Service pros that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award represent the best in our network, who are consistently making great customer service their mission,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros have provided exceptional service to our members and absolutely deserve recognition for the exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year.”
As an Angie’s List Super Service Award winner, Anthony PHCE has met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List and undergo additional screening.
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You hear those dreaded words – “replace your sewer line.” And then the next words, “dig up your yard,” make your heart sink. You implore your plumber… are you sure I have to tear up my yard to replace my sewer line? Are there alternatives to digging up my yard? The answer we can now give our homeowners is “yes!” There is finally an alternative to digging up your yard, with the innovative process known as pipe-bursting.
Avoid the Costs Associated with Sewer Digs
What does it cost to replace your sewer line? Some of the costs associated with a sewer dig are incurred after the job is done, in repairing your yard, driveway and landscaping destroyed in the process. Sewer digs can also destroy older trees which cannot be replaced at any price.
By utilizing state-of-the-art pipe bursting technology, we can now avoid the destruction that comes from the traditional digging process. If you hear the words “dig up your yard,” just say no, and call Anthony PHC right away.
How Does Pipe Bursting Work?
What is a pipe bursting machine and how does it work? Pipe bursting is a no-dig method sometimes referred to as in-line expansion. It utilizes a machine that pulls a new pipe through the existing pipe, causing the old pipe to be pushed apart and replaced by the new pipe.
To start the pipe bursting process, we first run a camera through your existing sewer line to inspect it. We then create a new pipe above ground to precisely fit the existing pipe bed. A pipe bursting machine is placed in a hole at one end of your sewer line. It pulls the brand new pipe through the existing pipe, bursting the old pipe it in the process, leaving the new pipe in its place.
What are the Advantages of Pipe Bursting over a Traditional Dig?
Pipe bursting is a trenchless technology, which means it avoids digging a trench down to the sewer line along the entire length of the sewer. This is a tremendous advantage because it limits the excavation and construction that disrupts homeowners and their yards.
Other advantages of pipe bursting include:
- avoidance of major excavations
- minimum of environmental disturbance
- increase in pipe flow capacity (as opposed to some trenchless processes which limit capacity)
- long lifespan of new piping of 50 to 100 years
How is Pipe Bursting Different than Slip Lining?
Many contractors implement slip lining as a trenchless process to avoid sewer digs. Slip lining involves slipping narrower pipe into the existing pipe to patch damaged piping. Slip lining decreases your pipe flow due to the insertion of the narrow pipe. The repairs also do not last as long as a sewer that has received a whole new pipe through the pipe bursting process.
Pipe bursting is only done by contractors with the ability to invest in training and in the initial purchase of a pipe bursting machine. Anthony PHC has invested in both to be able to provide our homeowners with the best possible alternative to invasive trench dig sewer replacements.
What is the Best Sewer Company Near Me?
Our sewer specialists are highly trained in this new pipe bursting technology, and we are happy to come to your home to determine if our pipe bursting is a good sewer replacement option for you. We are committed to providing you with the most convenient and long lasting repair possible, guaranteed. Call us anytime at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO to schedule a consultation.
Ah the ooey gooey feeling of sticky pumpkin innards that cling to your hands when pumpkin carving. Think cleaning up after that is a nightmare? What’s worse is what could happen if you wash the pulp and seeds down your drain.
Oh but you are putting them in the garbage disposal you say? Bad idea! Despite popular belief, garbage disposals are not meant to be garbage “dispose-alls.” We refer to these handy appliances as garbage “disposers” for this reason.
Some food items should never be placed into a garbage disposer, and the fibrous, sticky flesh and hard seeds like those in pumpkins innards are two biggies that should be avoided.
Garbage disposers work by spinning your food waste against a grind ring on the side of your disposer wall. Fibrous foods like pumpkin flesh and potato peels can stick to the sides of the grind ring before they can pass through and become pulverized, and that can clog your disposal.
The stringy flesh of certain vegetables and pasta should also never go into your garbage disposer. These stringy food items can wrap around the spinning impellers at the bottom of your garbage disposer and jam them.
Hard foods like pumpkin seeds should also stay out of your disposer, as they are too hard to be completely pulverized by the grind ring, as are the tough rinds of pumpkins and other melons. These food items that don’t get pulverized can still pass through your garbage disposer and get stuck further down your drain pipes.
Even pumpkin flesh that gets shredded adequately in a disposer can clog your drains. The sticky goo of pumpkin innards dries quickly once it attaches itself to the walls of your pipes, and becomes a clog in the making. If you have ever tried to pick a dried pumpkin seed off of a plate then you can understand the glue-like consistency of pumpkin guts. Add a few errant pumpkin seeds to the mix and you’ve got a recipe for a Halloween nightmare only a call to our plumbers will fix.
Before you begin your pumpkin carving adventures, have a “pumpkin disposal plan” in place that does not include putting pumpkin innards in your sink. If you do end up with a garbage disposer problem or a clogged drain, call our expert plumbers at Anthony PHC right away at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO.
We all take our plumbing for granted when it works, but when it doesn’t work it can be inconvenient, frustrating and costly. Did you know that you can keep your home’s plumbing in great shape and avoid costly problems with a plumbing tune up? What is a plumbing tune up, you ask?
There are many steps that can be included in a professional plumbing tune up, but we will cover the more important steps here.
Check water pressure and adjust if needed
Several factors can cause your water pressure to change, including leaks, clogs, or issues with municipal water suppliers. Water pressure that is too high can damage seals, cartridges, faucets, appliances and water heaters. Having your water pressure checked once a year by an expert Anthony PHC plumber safeguards these items and prevents expensive repairs and replacements. But if you hear your pipes banging don’t wait, have your water pressure measured right away – this is called water hammer, and it can happen when water pressure is too high.
Remember that high water pressure also increases your water usage and costs you more on your water and sewer bill.
Check for leaks and repair if needed
Even a small leak can increase your water bill significantly, not to mention damage your walls, cabinets and floors. Leaking faucets are easy to spot, but our expert Anthony PHC plumbers check for hidden water damage caused by leaking water behind cabinet doors and appliances. They also check washing machine hoses for bulges – a bulging washer hose can burst and cause a lot of money in water damage, especially if you are away from home for an extended period and not around to notice the leak. If you leave your home for extended vacations, consider having our plumbers install an Anthony Water Guardian water leak detection system that will alert you of damaging leaks via your cell phone, and automatically shut the water off to your home, preventing damage.
Unclog faucets, drains and sewers
Over time, faucets can get clogged by mineral deposits and debris which restrict water flow. Cleaning the aerator in your faucets regularly prevents this. Fixtures that don’t have aerators will benefit from a good vinegar soaking to help remove mineral scale and improve water flow.
Remember that mineral scale deposits build up in drain pipes as well, along with hair, grease and other debris. Our expert Anthony PHC plumbers will inspect slow moving drains cabled them to release partial blockages. Some homeowners find a periodic sewer mainline rodding helpful to prevent blockages caused from tree roots.
Condition or soften your water
As mentioned above, mineral scale build up from hard water can clog your faucets and drains, but it can also damage your water heater, dishwasher, coffee pot and other appliances. If you haven’t yet incorporated a conditioning of softening system into your home’s plumbing, you should consider doing so. “Tuning up” your water by removing hardness can extend the life of your pipes, fixtures and appliances and save you money and plumbing problems. Our expert Anthony PHC plumbers will test the hardness of your water and review the best water conditioning options for your home and your family.
Inspect and test your sump pump and battery back up sump pump
Our expert Anthony PHC plumbers will inspect and test your sump pump as well as your battery back up system. Alignment of each pump’s float is critical for proper operation. Any debris in the sump pit will be removed and the discharge piping will be properly secured as well as tested. Systems that infrequently operate are subject to clogs in the discharge piping which renders the pump useless. Neglecting to provide periodic maintenance to a sump pump can void your sump pump endorsement on your homeowners insurance, leaving you with no coverage for water damage caused if your sump pump fails. Our expert Anthony PHC plumbers will perform these inspections and maintenance for you, and document their work to satisfy your homeowners insurance.
Water heaters need a yearly tune up
Your water heater will live a long life if it is tuned up annually. Traditional tank water heaters need to be drained and flushed to remove mineral deposits. Tankless water heaters must have yearly maintenance to remove scale build up. Our expert Anthony PHC plumbers will perform both of these tasks, as well as check and clean the burner, make sure the combustion bi-products are venting properly, and test your gas pipe connections to make sure no gas is leaking.
Anthony PHC’s A.S.A.P. plumbing membership adds peace of mind
As you can see, caring for and maintaining your plumbing is a big job, and an important one, to save your money and your family’s health. The best way to stay on top of your home’s plumbing needs is with an Anthony Service Agreement Program low-cost plumbing membership. Anthony PHC customer care staff will call you to schedule this yearly service so you don’t have to think about it, and your expert Anthony PHC plumber will take care of all the maintenance and inspections for you. We have heating and cooling memberships available as well. Call us today at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO.
The Anthony PHC’s A.S.A.P. plumbing membership includes the following annual maintenance steps:
10-point water heater tune up:
- Check water shut-off valve for proper operation
- Test temperature and pressure safety relief valve
- Drain water from tank to flush out sediment and replace drain valve if necessary
- Inspect anode rod if accessible
- Check water pressure at the tank and install expansion tank if needed
- Clean burner or lint chamber on FVIR water heater
- Check thermocouple and clean if necessary
- Check for gas leaks
- Check for proper drafting of vent gases and integrity of venting system
- Check for visible corrosion and stability of tank base
Dye-test all toilets and check all toilet connections and seals for tightness
Check all faucets for proper operation and clean faucet screens
Test sump pump and battery back-up sump pump for proper operation
Inspect all exposed drain pipes and floor drains
Inspect all gas piping and valves
Install safety identification labels on plumbing valves and piping
Check garbage disposer, dishwasher, clothes dryer and washing machine connections
Toss that Reverse Osmosis and Water Softener! Whole Home Water Filtration & Conditioning the Healthy Way
Unfiltered water? You’ve got that covered with your reverse osmosis (RO) system with the expensive filters that you have to change, and the mineral drops that you add back into the water, ugh. Hard water? You’ve got that covered with your water softener and its heavy and expensive bags of salt, yikes. Stop! These are old technology.
New Catalytic Water Conditioning Technology Removes Hardness without Removing Minerals
There is now an easier and healthier way to take the hardness and contaminants out of the water in every faucet and appliance in your home, with a whole home water conditioning plus filtration system. Water conditioning softens your water not by removing the minerals that your body needs, but by changing their molecular structure through catalytic treatment. This new catalytic treatment technology requires no maintenance, no electricity, no bags of salt and no expenses, and can be installed in your home quickly.
Water Conditioning plus Non-RO Filtration Makes the Healthiest Drinking Water
Water conditioning alone does not filter contaminants out of your water. That is where whole home water conditioning plus water filtration systems come in. Unlike RO systems that filter only the water that comes to your sink or refrigerator, whole home water filtration filters all of your home’s water, including the water you shower in and spray on your vegetable garden. And unlike RO systems, they leave in the important minerals that your body needs. While whole home RO systems do exist, they are expensive to maintain and waste a lot of water.
Catalytic Water Conditioning Plus Filtration offers Many Benefits over Reverse Osmosis
The NaturalSof water conditioner plus filtration system is a great example of a water conditioning plus water filtration system that installs easily at your home’s water source and softens and filters your water all in one. It also offers the following benefits over water softening and RO:
- requires no maintenance, no salt, no filter replacement
- requires no electricity like traditional water softeners do
- doesn’t leave your hands feeling oily or soapy like traditional water softening
- removes the hardness from water without removing the health benefit of the minerals
- filters all of your home’s water, not just the water going to your RO tap
- wastes no water
- adds no sodium to your water
The NaturalSof 6L removes the following contaminants from your drinking water:
- disinfectant byproducts
- trace pharmaceuticals
Removing Hard Water Keeps Your Plumbing and Appliances Healthy
We all know that water filtration is important for the water you drink. But did you know that removing the hardness from your water is just as important to your home and appliances? The mineral scale build up from hard water does damage to your home in the following ways:
- clogs your home’s plumbing and appliances like dishwashers and washing machines
- leaves scale on heating elements in tankless water heaters, coffee pots and vaporizers
- increases maintenance needed on whole home and stand-alone humidifiers
- damages and clogs plumping fixtures
- leaves spots on shower doors and glassware
- causes you to use more detergent and soap
No home or family should be without a whole home water conditioning system and a drinking water filtration strategy. Traditional water softeners and RO systems are still right for some, but there are many options available to suit the needs of every home and family’s particular needs. Call our plumbing experts at Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today to analyze your options at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO.
When it comes to water, the notion is plain and clear; we need it to survive. Many times individuals who own properties will notice their utility bills inflate to an absurd amount; if this is the case, then it is wise to investigate the instance further as this could indicate a plumbing issue that needs quick attention.
The longer people wait to get their plumbing pipes checked, the more damage could occur costing possible tens of thousands of dollars to fix.
Don’t wait until this happens to you and call Anthony PHC before you become the problem- why the world’s water is being wasted.
Before you end up with a water wasting scenario and habit, our experts at Anthony PHC Kansas City highly recommend that you watch out for the following signs discussed in this article; and remember to always preserve your pipes, drains, and faucets. Be cognizant and save water every moment you get.
Faucet Plumbing Drips
A never-ending drip that slowly leaks from your pipes is a reason to have your plumbing system looked at.
If you experience a faucet dripping at a slow rate, this could mean that you need the components inside of the unit replaced.
If you don’t get this looked at, you could be wasting hundreds of gallons of water per year.
Do you see signs of cracks that lie around your porcelain toilet, tub, or sink?
If you’ve answered, yes, then you will need to call the plumbing experts at Anthony PHC Kansas City and inform us about this problem, before the cracking worsens.
Water can slowly leak through the cracks and can sometimes go unnoticed; you’ll have to take a closer look to see if this is causing your water wasting issue.
Of course, your bathroom is a humid and wet area, especially after you relish in a hot and relaxing shower.
Look around, if you notice any green or black fuzziness or sludge around your pipes, drains, or faucets then you will need to contact plumbing experts who can eradicate the mold or fungi.
Living with this type of problem could eventually cause pipe deterioration and contamination; you and whoever else resides in the building could be exposed to potential health risks.
When fungi is in and around your plumbing system, this wastes water for the mere fact that mold and fungi could be contaminating water supplies; in turn, causing health ailments galore.
Stop wasting water and minimize medical bills. If you see black sludge anywhere near your plumbing system, it is best if you call an expert immediately.
Plumbing Water Discoloration
If your water is exerting a strange color then throw in the towel and get expert advice from a certified, insured, and experienced plumber in Kansas City.
Your water should be clear and shouldn’t have a strange color or smell. If it does and has particles or rock sediments in it, you will need to call the pros at Anthony PHC Kansas City as this is another plumbing problem and water is being wasted.
If you notice any of the signs above, keep in mind, the longer you wait, the higher the chances you may ingest water not appropriate for consumption.
Click here to learn more about how you can preserve water and stop wasting and destroying our world’s water resources through ongoing and unnoticed neglect.
Before we get started mentioning the plenty of problems your plumbing system may encounter with time and use, it is important to note that at Anthony PHC Kansas City, safety is very important to us.
Of course, there are many things you can do to maintain and check-up on your plumbing system, but if you do not know what you are doing or have a question, don’t hesitate to ask an expert at Anthony PHC.
Faucets aren’t meant to drip unless you have them turned on, if your faucet is, you could have an issue. Not only will your water bill and your bank account suffer from non-stop dripping faucets, but you will be wasting a lot of water every day; let’s face it, water shortages in 2019 are not unheard of.
Tip # 1
Help preserve our resources. If there is a drip, be sure to try and turn the faucets off all of the way; ensure they are tightly closed. If this does not work, then you may want to call a plumbing professional from Anthony PHC Kansas City because this problem may point to an internal issue.
Water Heater Problems
Are you dreaming of taking a warm shower? Perhaps you turn on your shower and only cold water exits…
Tip # 2
This could be a few issues; hopefully, it is as simple as reigniting your pilot light; or it could be composite build-up that needs to be cleaned off by a professional plumber, it could also be that your thermostat may need to be looked at or replaced.
Remember, safety first, do not to touch your water heater if you have no clue what you are doing. If you are comfortable enough, you can light the pilot, but other than this simple task, leave this complicated matter for the professionals at Anthony PHC Kansas City, this way, you’ll receive a proper plumbing diagnosis and fix.
Picture this, you are brushing your teeth, the water is on, then all of the sudden, you look down and notice nothing is draining, the water is stuck in your sink and slowly drains; this is certainly not a pleasant sight. At this point, you need to unclog whatever object is blocking the water from freely flowing down the drain.
Tip # 3
You have a couple of options with this scenario, you can try to run extremely hot water to see if this washes away the debris. Next, you could try using a drain snake, or you could resort to buying a chemical agent that will dissolve the unwanted debris (read and follow the instructions carefully, as the cleaning agent should not come into contact with human skin or pets).
If you decide to use the drain snake, you will need to insert it into the problematic drain, you’ll then have to push the tool down further while turning the handle, keep pushing until you feel the obstruction; now push the debris down and free your pipe.
Is your sink still slow after trying all of the above methods? Anthony PHC Kansas City will rescue your pipes and plumbing in an urgent manner.
So you’re taking a shower, your feet are drenched with overflowing water, considering the tub is not draining…
This is not an ideal experience for anyone, which is why it is important to get to the bottom of this issue immediately.
Tip # 4
If you are brave enough then you can buy or reach for your nearest drain snake, follow the directions, insert it into the bathtub drain and begin to push and twist deep to remove any debris that stands in the way of the water and the outgoing drain.
Dealing with this issue is never ideal as constant water build-up will soon cause mold. Getting your bathtub clog under control is imperative, especially if you don’t want it to affect your main sewer line.
The quickest do-it-yourself method is to use a plunger if your toilet is backed up. First things first, see if you can solve this issue yourself before calling a plumber.
Tip # 5
Make sure that you purchase the right plunger that fits your toilet bowl hole. You will need the dome-shaped area of the plunger to cover the entire hole inside of the toilet. There will also have to be enough still water in the toilet bowl, if not, add water.
Wear gloves and personal protective equipment; position the plunger right over the hole, push down to gain suction and keep pushing down and up—do not break the suction. If you’ve gained good suction, chances are, the clog will diminish after several plunging attempts.
If nothing works, including the drain snake, then you may have a large backup in your main sewer line; never attempt to do this on your own as this process is too complex.
Call Anthony PHC 24/7 at 913-353-8444 or click here to learn more about drains, plumbing, and piping systems. We offer expedited service to everyone because no one should be left with problematic plumbing.
Your sump pump system is your main line of defense against indoor flooding, but only if it is working! If you have a finished basement, or if you are storing valuables in an unfinished basement, you should take regular steps to ensure that your sump pump system is working.
To be well protected against the devastating financial losses associated with indoor flooding, you need to do the following:
- Test your sump pump now, before the torrential rains and power outages do it for you, AND
- Invest in a Battery Back Up Sump Pump if you don’t already have one.
How do I know if my Sump Pump is Working?
Sump pumps get a real workout during the rainy season, and they can stop working at any time. But sitting idle without regular use can also cause them to fail. You should test your sump pump frequently by taking these easy steps:
Step 1: Test the Pump
Fill the pump pit with water and watch to see if the pump activates. If it doesn’t, and you know you have power to the outlet, then the pump needs to be replaced.
Step 2: Watch the Drain
Watch the pump drain water out of its basin. Make sure there are no leaks in the discharge pipe. Go outside to ensure that water is terminating where it is supposed to.
Step 3: Test the Shut-off
Stay until the pump turns off, so you know its shut-off feature is working properly. A pump that won’t shut off will eventually overheat and may stop functioning altogether. If the pump does not shut off automatically, it will need to be repaired or replaced.
If my Sump Pump is Working, Do I Still Need an Additional Battery Backup Sump Pump?
In order to fully defend against indoor flood damage, you need a battery backup sump pump in addition to your regular sump pump. Sump pumps can fail at any time, and they do not warn you ahead of time when this has happened, so a backup pump will provide just that – a second chance at stopping the flood if the primary pump fails. Also, battery backup sump pumps work whether or not the electricity has been lost due to storm activity, and in the Midwest electrical outages are common during the stormy seasons.
A battery backup sump pump will also pump along with your primary pump when there is more water than your primary pump can handle. A backup pump will typically handle 1000 to 2200 gallons per hour. It also has a maintenance alarm to notify you when service is needed.
How Do I Test My Backup Sump Pump?
A battery backup sump pump should be tested in the same way as your regular pump. With the primary sump pump unplugged, run through steps 2 and 3 from above and make sure the pump drains the water and shuts off.
During the testing process, keep an eye on the battery indicator light. If it remains green, it is a good indication that your battery is strong. Fortunately, battery backup sump pumps have alarms that alert homeowners when the battery is nearing the end of its life.
Does the Battery in my Backup Sump Pump require Maintenance?
Some do. Maintenance-free batteries are aptly named, and shouldn’t need maintenance as long as they are being charged. Some backup sump pump batteries are not maintenance-free however; these batteries need to have the water levels checked in their cells every 6 months. If your battery has removable caps on the top of its cells then you will need to keep the water level up. The batteries used for this application are special standby batteries and not car batteries or deep cycle marine batteries. Standby batteries last approximately 5 years.
How Often Should I Replace My Sump Pump?
The average sump pump lasts for about 7 to 9 years. You should replace or repair the pump if it fails any of the tests above.
Here some warning signs that your sump pump might be failing:
- Makes strange noises
- Vibrates excessively
- Infrequent pump usage
- Runs all the time
- Irregular cycling
- Visible rust
- Seven years or older
- Motor sometimes gets stuck
- Motor failure
- Installed by the builder
- Frequent power outages
Check Homeowner’s Insurance
Not all insurance adequately covers damaged valuables or the costly repairs necessary to undo water damage and the mold growth that occurs afterward. Flood insurance riders may not cover damage caused by malfunctioning sump pumps unless you have a sump pump rider, and it still may not cover sump pump failures unless you can prove regular maintenance was done on the unit.
Call Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling
A qualified plumbing professional can best make the assessment of whether a sump pump system needs to be repaired or replaced and when, and our plumbers are trained to do just that. Anthony stocks both sump pumps and battery backup sump pumps on all trucks to be available whenever you need them. So don’t hesitate to contact us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO or click here to schedule a visit.