Sump Pump and Water Pump Repair

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If you have a high electric bill, your water pump may have to be continually running in order to maintain water pressure in your home. This can become very costly quickly. Schedule an appointment for a water pump repair service today.

Recirculation Pump

How long do you have to wait until your faucet gives you hot water? Depending on the size of your home, you may wait for a few minutes for hot water. Not only is this inconvenient, but wastes a large amount of water.

Here’s a better picture of how much water is wasted by waiting for hot water. Let’s assume you have a generic showerhead that emits 2.1 gallons per minute (gpm) and it takes one full minute for hot water to arrive. That’s 2.1 gallons of water wasted per shower. Now, assuming you shower every day, multiply that by 365—now you’re up to 766.5 gallons annually per person. Multiply that by 10 and that’s 9,125 gallons wasted, per person, over the course of a decade.

The solution: Hot water recirculation

A hot water recirculation pump is a device that cuts wait times for hot water from minutes to a few seconds. It does this through a process of that consists of two simultaneous actions:

  1. Standing water in the hot water line is sent back to the water heater. This occurs by either a separate piping return or the cold-water line, depending on how the pump is installed.
  2. Hot water is drawn directly from the water heater to the fixture in use. When the water reaches the fixture in use, a temperature-controlled switch prompts the pump to turn off.

By performing this dual process, a hot water recirculation pump can deliver near-instant hot water, saving thousands of gallons of water per year and allowing you to save on your water bill.

With the substantial amount of water they save, recirculation pumps represent a clear solution to the problem of wait times for hot water. If this solution were adopted on a wide scale, the total savings would be incredibly significant. In an age when water is becoming increasingly scarce, every home should have a hot water recirculation pump.

Full Recirculating Pump System

With this option, an additional pipe that is designated for hot water is installed in your home’s plumbing. This system creates a loop from the water heater to the faucet and back again. The unused hot water is drawn back through this loop by the pump, so when you turn on your hot water faucets, you get hot water quickly. Water is not left in the pipes to get cold and you waste less water because you don’t have to wait.

Majority of pumps are designed with sensors and timers to allow for perfect timing of hot water. The sensor shuts the pump off once hot water has made a complete loop while the timer allows you to control when the pump is active. You can set it to shut off while you’re at work, at night while you sleep, or when you’re out of town on vacation. If your current pump does not have these features, a Roto-Rooter plumbing technician can help you add them to your system.

Water Booster Pump

A water booster pump increases the pressure and volume of water that flows from your faucet or showerhead. Low water pressure can make simple tasks like bathing, washing your hands or brushing your teeth a hassle. A booster pump may be the perfect solution for your home. A booster pump increases water pressure to improve the flow through your pipes. It works just like a fan, using an impeller that spins to increase water flow and pressure.

What causes low water pressure?

1. Gravity

Gravity either drives or slows water pressure. Generally, the higher the elevation where water must be delivered, the lower the water pressure. Water traveling uphill or up several floors is being affected by gravity that wants to send it right back down. Apartment buildings and homes with multiple stories can require a booster pump to move water correctly to each faucet.

2. Distance from the water source

Distance from the water source and the size of water pipes affects water pressure. If your home or business sits at the end of the water supply line, the flow of water might be low by the time it reaches you. And, if your water pipes are too small, a smaller amount of water will run through your fixtures.

3. Additional water systems

Additional water treatment systems or other water fixtures to your home brings you fresh water but may decrease your water pressure. Adding a booster pump can restore your water pressure.

5. Plumbing problems

If everything else in your home checks out, then plumbing problems may be the cause. Before buying a water pressure booster, check your plumbing. The pipes may be corroded, clogged, or the pressure reducing valve may need adjusting.

Lift Station

Sewage or Wastewater lift stations, also called pump stations, are used for pumping sewage or wastewater from a lower to higher elevation, particularly where the elevation of the source is not sufficient for gravity flow and/or when the use of gravity conveyance will result in excessive excavation and higher construction costs.

A wastewater pump station may be used due to economics or to overcome inadequate hydraulic head when no other solution is practical. For instance, it may be more economical to utilize a sewage pump station to pump or lift the sewage over a ridge and let it flow by gravity to a sewage treatment plant, or to pump or lift sewage to pass through a sewage system by gravity.

Submersible Type Lift Station

The submersible type lift station is used for low flow, low head type installations. There are two types of pumps available for this application, grinder pumps and solids handling pumps.

A properly designed and installed wet well is essential for efficient and trouble-free operation of the water pump or lift station. The purpose of a wet well is to provide a means of allowing automatic operation of the lift station. Use of the wet well for any other purpose, such as a storage reservoir for sewage, is not recommended. The wet well should be as small as possible in order to minimize detention time of the sewage.

Advantages of submersible lift or pump stations are that they typically cost less than dry-well stations and operate with less frequent pump maintenance. Submersible lift or pump stations do not usually include large above ground structures and can be built to blend in with their surrounding environment.

Well Pump

If you need to install a water well pump, or if your old one needs to be replaced, Roto-Rooter is the place to turn to. We have the resources to handle a variety of well pump problems and will work to provide a solution to your plumbing problem that perfectly meets the needs of your home.

At Roto-Rooter, we guarantee all of our parts and workmanship. You can count on us for quality of work and quality of customer service. We have the resources to accomplish water well pump installation or repairs at reasonable prices.

Signs You May Need to Install or Replace Your Water Well Pump

Well pumps, like most plumbing, are out of sight and out of mind – that is, until something goes wrong. Depending on your problem, you may need to replace your well pump and install a new one.

Symptoms of problems with your water well pump include:

  • Dirty water
  • Abnormal noises
  • Air “Spitting” from faucet
  • High electric bill

If you have a high electric bill, your water pump may have to be continually running in order to maintain water pressure in your home. This can become very costly quickly. If this is the case, schedule an appointment with Roto-Rooter today.

Commercial Sump Pump Repair

Sump pumps will resolve most basement flooding and leaking issues as they are designed to remove water from basements and crawlspaces. A sump pump is a submersible pump that sits in the bottom of a sump pit, which is typically installed at the lowest point on your cellar or crawl space. Groundwater surrounding your building’s foundation is channeled to a perimeter drain system installed at the base of the foundation. Water finds its way into the perforated drainpipes and is rapidly diverted to the sump pit. The sump pump, which is triggered by means of a float switch, removes the water by pumping it into the nearest storm drain, dry well, or detention pond. A sump pump turns on only when the water within the thoracic cavity reaches a pre-determined level. Most new buildings are equipped with sump pumps but the older buildings can be retrofitted using a sump system to reduce basement flooding.

Sump pumps can be hardwired into the building’s electric system or be plugged into an outlet. Many sump pumps are equipped with a battery backup to ensure that the pump will work, even when the electricity is out, such as during a severe storm when it’s especially significant that water has been pumped from your building.

Test Your Sump Pump Regularly

To ensure proper function when the next huge downpour occurs, test your sump pump frequently by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit. The pump should turn on, remove the water from the pit and shut itself off in a matter of minutes. Make sure that the float and the check valve proceed freely.

Cleaning and Replacement

To clean your sump pit, remove any dirt, sand, gravel and other debris to increase the water pump’s efficiency and extend its lifetime. Make sure that the release line opening is free of obstructions so that water can be pumped through the line and from your basement or crawlspace.

Like all equipment with moving parts, sump pumps will wear out with time and will have to be replaced. There’s not any general rule on how frequently a sump pump ought to be replaced, because it is dependent upon how frequently the pump operates.

Consider a Battery Backup

If your building encounters a power outage outside for an extended period, regular electricity outages or if your primary sump pump fails, a battery backup sump pump or among several water-powered backup systems (that use your building’s water supply pressure to remove water in the sump pit) can protect your basement from water damage. A Roto-Rooter plumber can provide several backup options.

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