Sump Pump Maintenance for Your Olathe Home

sump-pump-maintenanceIf your pump is not properly working your basement can quickly suffer water damage. Many don’t check on their pump until it is too late and their finished basements have suffered thousands of dollars in damage. Because it is out of sight and out of mind, many forget to have it serviced and repaired. A quick call to your local Olathe KS plumber will insure that this doesn’t happen to you.

Easily Test your Pump In a Matter of Minutes

You can easily test your sump pump by removing the cover and filling the pit completely with water. This should rise the float switch and activate the pump rather quickly. The pump should then pump the water out and automatically switch off.

Cleaning and Repairing Take a Professional Touch

home-basementWhile testing your pump to see if it is working properly is easy, cleaning and repairing take skill. Often dirt, gravel, sand, and other debris can make it inside your pump and drastically reduce its efficiency and lifespan. A certified Kansas plumbing technician knows exactly where to look and can clear the discharge line opening of any blockage, allowing the water to exit the home smoothly.

A professional plumber also knows how to spot wear and can advise when to replace your pump before it breaks without your knowledge. Calling an expert before you have a catastrophe on your hand can prevent water damage, financial losses, and irritation. Don’t let your simple sump pump problem grow into a disaster. Don’t risk more damage and money by putting off the repair.

A plumbing specialist can do the following quickly:

  • Assess the condition of your Sump Pump
  • Test it and evaluate efficiency
  • Detect and remove debris
  • Replace and repair worn elements or your entire pump
  • Check discharge line opening for any blockage
  • Test the check valve
  • Clean the Impeller

Always Have a Backup Plan

Backup power is vital for when the power goes out it is usually storming outside. Storms bring water, and water spells trouble for your basement without a working sump pump. Usually, your sump pump will draw AC power from a wall outlet or your home’s electrical wiring and supply the power to your sump pump. In the event of power outage, a backup will kick in and take over supplying power to the sump pump. As such, you need a reliable system that will automatically send power from your backup to the pump.


Your pump may also fail if there is mechanical failure or excessive use. Whether your motor overheated or your power went out, a battery backup can give you additional hours of protection against water damage.

The handy mechanical device that you rarely think about does vital job in keeping your basement dry and free of flooding. Now that its broken, your home is at risk for frequent flooding and water damage.

Take the time to check your sump pump today. A specialist can help extend the life of your pump by cleaning the parts, pit, installing backup power, and ensuring everything is working to its full capacity.

One thing is clear. If you try to save your money and leave your sump pump  broken you will have a basement full of water and a wallet pumped dry of cash!

Find out how a basement sump pump works! Watch this video.

Simple Water Heater Repair Guide

water-heater-repair-in-washington-dcOkay, here’s my first plumbing blog post: (bear with me as I’m no expert – just giving some information from my own experience.. here goes!!!)

There is nothing as frustrating as being left without hot water when you climb into the shower.  That doesn’t always mean that whoever beat you to it used it all up though.  Every now and then our water heaters need a bit of TLC and this is what you can do to simply troubleshoot the problem and repair your water heater with ease.  Here are three of the most common repairs that your water heater could need:

No Hot Water

Possibly the worst thing to stop flowing out of your faucets is hot water that was once there!  There are a few reasons why this is happening and these include either faulty pilot light, faulty gas thermocouple or the pilot control switch is on the fritz.  Fix this problem by checking the pilot flame to see if it is still lit.  Occasionally you would need to replace the control switch or the thermocouple, which can be a DIY project, but should be left to the professionals.

Not Enough Water

no-hot-water-coming-out-of-the-fixturesAlright, second to not having any hot water would be not having enough of it!  This usually happens when your home has more people in it than usual and is caused by an undersized tank were water is stored.  To rectify this, you can invest in a larger unit that will keep everyone in the home happy and enjoying hot showers.  If that isn’t a problem that you’ve had before, you might be dealing with a crossed plumbing connection or your tubing has broken.  Call in a plumber to attend to these repairs for you.

Rusty Water

rusty-waterIf you have ever heard the scream of a frantic teenage girl when the water changes color mid-shower, you’ll know all about rust colored water.  There are two possible causes for this happen to your water heater, either corrosion has occurred inside your tank or the anode rod is failing.  To rectify this, you need to replace the anode rod with a magnesium variety. You can get these from a plumbing supply store or have your trusted plumber do it for you.

A friend recommended me to a reputable Washington DC plumber, apparently, I don’t live in the area, so if you are residing in DC Metro, you’re in luck! Get in touch when them if you can see problems in your heater.  Don’t wait till it’s too late!! (that rhymes!!)

Learn how to install an electric water heater by watching Lowe’s video below! Check it out to become the best DIY plumber in the neighborhood!