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Capps Plumbing and Sewer has been serving Evanston and the surrounding area for over 20 Years! Our sump pump technicians have the knowledge and experience you need to rely on when it comes to fixing your sump pump problems. We know that when your sump pump breaks you need your system fixed as soon as possible, that is why we will make sure to get to your home and address your issue, quickly, safely, and do it right the first time.  When you choose the professionalism of Capps you are choosing:

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In the end, Capps Plumbing and Sewer is your choice for sump pump repair, sump pump installation, and sump pump service in Evanston, Illinois.  If you need help with your plumbing please give us a call or fill out the form to the right and someone will get back to you as soon as possible

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Sump Pumps Evanston

A sump pump is a small pump that is installed in the lowest part of your basement or crawlspace. The job of your sump pump is to keep the area under your house dry and prevent a flood that could ruin your home. Typically, sump pumps are installed in specially constructed sump pits. Water will flow into the pit through drains or by natural flowing water through the soil. Living in Evanston, Illinois we all know that we get a lot of water during the year.  Rain throughout the spring and summer, and snow melting during the winter months. Having a sump pump installed in your home will prevent flooding and other water damage problems that you will run into.

How Do Sump Pumps Work?

The sump pump will usually stand in a sump pit. That is a hole with a gravel base about 2 feet deep and a foot and a half wide. The pit will usually be dug in the lowest part of your basement or crawlspace. Depending on how and when your home was built in Arlington Heights, your sump pump pit can be located anywhere.  When the pit fills up with water, your sump pump will turn on. Once the pump is turned on, it will move the water out of the pit and through pipes that run away from your home’s foundation. The pipe, or pipes, have a one-way valve called a check valve at the end of the pump to keep water from coming back towards your home.

Most sump pumps will turn on automatically by the use of a float activator arm or a pressure sensor. Water exerts more pressure than air does, so when the pit fills up with water, the pump is activated. The float activator is very similar to the one in your toilet. A buoyant ball floats on the top of the water, manually moving the air as the water fills the pit. Automatic pumps have an option for you to activate the pump on your own if the sensor or the float arm fails.

Some areas do not require you to have a sump pump because the area around your house is always warm and dry. If the area under or around your house floods sometimes or it feels damp and musty, you might have an issue with moisture. A sump pump would be a good idea to have and it will make your basement a healthier space and protect any items you have stored.

Not sure if you need a sump pump?  There is a simple way to check! Try taping up a 2 foot square piece of plastic onto your walls or even the floor for a day or two. After a couple days, check under the plastic to see if there is any moisture. If so, maybe you should have a professional come and install a sump pump in your home.

Ejector Pumps Evanston

An ejector pump, which is also commonly called a sewage ejector pump or pump up ejector system, is used when a plumbing fixture ( bathroom, laundry room, etc.)  is installed below the main sewer or septic line grade. Ejector Pumps are typically going to be installed in basements. An ejector pump is part of a system that can pump liquids and solids up to the septic line or main sewer.

Ejector pumps are meant to sit in a sump basin which is cut and dug into the ground below the grade. This sump basin collects about 30 gallons of waste for an average home. The lines that drain from the bathroom or laundry room are graded into the side of the sump basin. The ejector pump has a float and when the wastewater reaches a certain height, the ejector pump is tripped. The waste and water will then be pumped out of the basin up to the ground level and then out to the sewer or the septic tank. When the level in the basin goes down, the ejector pump with turn off until the float is triggered again.

There needs to be a vent installed into the sump area when the ejector pump is installed. The vent will come out of the sump pump and then is connected into an existing vent stack or it will run up, and through the roof. Commonly the outlet size for this vent would be about 2”. There is also a check valve to make sure that nothing will drain back into the sump basin once the waste and water is pumped out, When an ejector pump is installed correctly and the top of the sump basin is sealed, there will be no waste or smell that can come out of the basin.

Sump Pump Maintenance Checklist

Your best option for sump pump installation and sump pump maintenance is to rely on a local Evanston plumbing service that can help you out.  However, here is a checklist you can refer to in order to make sure that your sump pump is installed and working correctly:

  • Make sure the pump is plugged into a working ground fault circuit interrupter outlet and that the cord is in good shape. In damp areas, the ground fault circuit interrupter breakers may trip and effectively shut off the sump pump. Check on the sump pump regularly to see if you have to rest the ground fault circuit interrupter.
  • When you do your regular check-ups, make sure that the sump pump is standing upright. Sometimes vibrations during the pumps operations can cause the pump to fall over or tilt. This may jam the float arm and make it so that pump does not activate properly.
  • Pour a bucket of water into the pit to make sure that the pump will start automatically and that the water drains quickly out of the pit once the pump is on. If you pump does not turn on, you should have the pump serviced by a professional.
  • You may have to remove the pump from the pit sometimes and clean out the grate that is on the bottom. The pump may suck in some small stones that can block the inlet or even damage the pump over time.
  • Make sure that the outlet pipes are joined tightly together and that the water is draining at least 20 feet from your house. If it drains any closer, the water can end up coming back into the pit. This will make you pump continuously drain out the water. That could make your sump pump wear out faster and it will make your electricity bill higher.

Sump pumps have a water level or flood alarm which is usually battery powered. This will alert you if the pump is not working properly and water is backing up. If you have a more sophisticated system, it can alert your alarm company or even call your cell phone if the water starts to rise. The does not happen often, but if it does, at least you will be alerted and you can fix the problem by calling a professional.

Same Day Sump Pump Service in Evanston

If you are looking for a sump pump or ejector pump you should rely on a local plumbing service in Evanston to help you install and replace your sump pump.  Sometimes they have better deals on sump pumps than bigger chain stores and make sure it is installed and working correctly. If you are looking for a professional sump pump specialist in Evanston, Capps Plumbing is ready to help! We have the knowledge and experience you need so that your sump pump or ejector pump is working correctly.  Call us today and let us help you avoid flooding in your home! 

Capps has been our go-to for plumbing needs for the past year; they have always been great! Super quick response time and very efficient! We had Mike and Nick out at our house yesterday and they were wonderful. They figured out what was going on and solved our problem. I definitely recommend this company and will be using them in the future.
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