A Guide to HVAC Units for the Amateur

When our family first moved into our home five years ago, the central heating and air unit were brand new. We never considered that there would be a time when it would not be operating as we wanted it to. When the time to buy a new unit came, we found that the available options were more diverse than we thought. It was all too confusing. After researching the different options, I decided to create this blog. My hope is that others who are faced with this decision can find easy-to-understand information that can aid in quickly making an informed decision.

Living In A New House With A Loud Sump Pump? What To Do

Construction & Contractors Blog

If you are living in a home you recently purchased and you've never heard the sump pump kick on, or you don't think it's working correctly, there are some things you can do to test the unit. You don't want to wait until there is water at the bottom of the stairs to find out that you don't have good drainage or that you don't have a sump pump that works.

Units can become outdated or they may lack features that help them work the best to remove water from your home. If you are concerned the unit is outdated, or isn't working, do the following things to get to the bottom of the problem.

Listen for Noises

There are noises that occur when the sump pump isn't functioning properly, that indicate you have a problem. If you can hear these things:

  • Gurgling
  • Grinding
  • Banging and clanging
  • Loud motor

These sounds mean your unit needs to be looked at, or you may even just want to invest the money in a new unit for the home.

Test the Unit

Take the time to test the unit. You don't have to flood your basement, but instead you can fill the crock with water to the rim. If the pump turns on and starts to remove the water from the basement, then it's working. If the pump has a hard time pumping the water out, it may not work efficient enough for your space.

Get a New Unit with Backup

Get a new unit with a battery operated backup power option. This unit will pump water out of the basement, and it will work if the power goes out, and you'll know that it was installed properly, tested, and that it functions as you need it to. Sometimes getting new can be the best way to make sure that the pump will work.

If you know you live in an area that is zoned for flooding, getting a new sump pump or fixing your current one is something that can't wait any longer. If you worry that a heavy rain or melting snow could be the reason that your basement floods, then getting a professional into the house as soon as it works with your schedule is recommended. Getting a new unit can help you preserve your home, and prevent the many damages and contamination that can happen when water is in the home. To learn more, visit websites like http://www.rite-waywaterproofing.com.


9 January 2017