A sump pump will solve most basement flooding and leaking issues. As full service residential plumbing experts, Roto-Rooter can install a sump system in your basement that will direct water from around and beneath the basement foundation into a sump pit at the lowest point. The electric powered sump pump will discharge the water out of the pit and into the city storm drain or wherever local codes require.
Like any equipment with moving parts, sump pumps will wear out over time and will need to be replaced. There is no general rule on how often a sump pump should be replaced since it depends on how often the pump operates.
It is important to test your sump pump regularly to make sure it will operate when the next big downpour occurs. Test it 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 seconds.
Consider a backup
If your home experiences a power outage out for an extended period or if your primary sump pump fails, a battery backup sump pump or one of many water powered backup systems (that use your home's water supply pressure to remove water from the sump pit) will protect your basement from flooding. A Roto-Rooter plumber can present several backup options.
Roto-Rooter replaces more sump pumps in Chicago than in any other region of the country. Due to its high water table and number of older homes, Chicago requires a lot of sump pumps!