Category: Plumbing

Don’t Let a Clogged Bathroom Sink Put a Drain on Your Holiday Fun

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The leaves are turning crimson and gold, there is a decidedly autumnal crispness to the air, and school is well underway. That can only mean one thing…the holiday season is coming! And while there is much to love about the holidays, hosting guests can be stressful. Whether for drinks, dinner, or an extended stay, odds are your guests are going to need to visit the bathroom. So, while you are putting out fresh linens and pretty soaps, take a good look at your sink. Is it draining normally or is water backing up and sitting in it?

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Bathroom sinks see a lot of action – hand washing, tooth brushing, hair brushing, and shaving can all cause buildup and clogs that can lead to a slow or clogged drain. Add in a few guests and increase the number of bathroom visits for a couple of days, and that slow drain might lead to a catastrophic evening.

Not good! Test your sinks, showers and tubs to make sure all the water is flowing fine. Don’t wait until it’s too late,

How to Unclog a Bathroom Sink Drain

So, what should you do? You can try the following do-it-yourself remedies before you call your plumber:

  • Check the sink pop-up – the shape of the pop-up can lead to clog-causing debris and buildup;
  • Check the overflow. The overflow is the little hole toward the top of your sink. It serves two purposes: to drain a sink if it is too full and to provide air that allows the sink to drain faster. If it is plugged, your sink drains slowly. Make sure it is clear.
  • Use a plunger; be sure to plug the overflow with a rag or cover with some duct tape, or your plunging will not be effective.
  • Use a zip strip. The  most common clog cause in bathroom drains is hair. Luckily, these clogs usually occur right below the drain. There’s a simple solution. It’s called a zip strip and it costs just a couple of dollars at the hardware store. It’s a flat, plastic flexible stick with tiny points along both sides. Simply push it as far into the drain as you can, wiggle it a bit and pull back. It’s best to have a small bucket handy to put the hairy mess in. It is kind of gross, but usually very effective and a quick, easy fix.

After you remove the clog with any of these methods, be sure to run plenty of hot water down the drain to flush out any additional buildup or residue.

If these attempts do not work, give Herrmann Services a call at (513) 407-5177 or contact us online for a professional plumber in cincinnati to get that sink draining again before your guests arrive. Dealing with your in-laws is stressful enough – don’t let a slow sink drain add to that stress!


How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink Drain – 4 Simple Fixes

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Any slow draining sink is a nuisance. But different sinks tend to have different clogs. For instance, shower drains tend to collect hair. Kitchen drains, on the other hand, tend to have more problems with grease and food particles. The team at Herrmann Services put together these tips specifically for how to unclog kitchen sinks and garbage disposals.

1. Don’t Get Boiling Mad, Just Get Boiling

When grease, or greasy liquids, get poured down your kitchen sink, they go down the drain in a liquid state, but as they move through your pipes, the fat cools. As the fat becomes solid, it coats the inside of the pipes.

This coating will get thicker and thicker as more grease builds up until you get a slow draining sink or a completely clogged sink.

To unclog a slow draining kitchen sink, before you go out and buy drain cleaner, try this first. Boil a pan full of water on the stove. A tea kettle will do nicely as well. Pour a half cup of baking soda down your drain followed by a half cup of white vinegar. Let it fizz and bubble for five to ten minutes or so.

Then, carefully pour the pot or kettle full of boiling water down the drain. Turn the faucet on and see if it’s draining faster. Because the clog usually contains a lot of grease, the boiling water melts the grease, thus removing the clog.

2. Take the Plunge

If hot water doesn’t improve the problem, the culprit may be something other than grease buildup. It’s time to pull out the plunger. If there is standing water in the sink, remove it until there is only an inch or two so you can see what’s going on.

Place the cup of the plunger over the drain opening and pump up and down rapidly several times. Quickly pull the plunger off the drain opening. If this did not dislodge the clog, it may be trapped in the P-trap. Don’t forget to plunge both sides of the sink.

3. Remove the P-Trap

Large food particles like vegetable peels that become trapped in the curved pipe beneath the sink (known as the P-trap) are another common cause of kitchen drain clogs. Removing the P-trap sounds difficult, but is really not that involved.

You will need a channel-type pliers. Have a bucket handy, because water will spill from the drain when you remove this piece. Dump out any debris you find and rinse the pipe thoroughly before replacing it.

clogged kitchen sink drain and how to fix it

4. Use a Drain Snake to Unclog Your Sink

If the P-trap doesn’t appear to be the problem, the clog may be located further down the pipe. If that’s the case, you can use a drain snake to try to remove it. Most homeowners don’t have these on hand, and they are not cheap to rent or buy. At this point, it may be best to call a qualified plumber.

5. Keep Pipes Clean with Enzymes

Natural enzymes eat organic matter and were originally used to reduce the amount of organic waste buildup in septic tanks. Enzymes are now available for all types of plumbing needs, and if properly maintained, enzymes will help keep the pipes free and clear of buildup when used on a regular basis.

Enzymes are not as effective at removing an existing clog immediately, but regular use will keep your pipes clear of any organic buildup which helps you avoid clogs in the first place. Plus, natural enzymes are very easy on your pipes, unlike chemical drain cleaners.

9 Things You Should Never Put Down Your Kitchen Sink or Garbage Disposal

  • Grease – it will coat your pipes
  • Bones – they’ll just keep spinning around and around with the blades
  • Celery – the fibrous strings get tangled around the disposal’s blades
  • Coffee grounds – the oil in coffee grounds becomes a sticky sludge
  • Egg shells – ground egg shells become sand-like particles that stick to grease
  • Corn husks – the fibers get caught in the blades
  • Artichokes – again, too fibrous
  • Fruit pits – pits are very hard and can jam the disposal blades
  • Potato peels – starchy vegetables and even pasta can cause a sticky mess

If your kitchen sink defies all of your efforts to clear the clog, give Herrmann Services a call at (513) 737-8423 or contact us online and we’ll send a skilled plumber to your home.

How to Fix an Annoying Leaky Faucet

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A leaky faucet can definitely be annoying, but it can also be very wasteful. According to Popular Mechanics, one drop a second from a faulty faucet sheds 2,300 gallons of wasted water a year. That’s a lot of wasted water! If you have a leaky bathroom or kitchen faucet, the team at Herrmann Services put together this basic tutorial to help you fix it. If you get in over your head, just give us a call.

Causes of Leaky Faucets

Sometimes faucet components get old, calcium buildup causes seals to leak, and seals get brittle and crack. These are fairly easy to rectify with new parts and a little cleaning and replacing. For major leaks, especially behind the wall, or damage to faucets, you’ll want to call one of our professional plumbers to fix the problem.

Related Reads: Is not only your faucet leaking, but your furnace too? See the reasons why here.

Tools Needed for Faucet Repair

tools needed to fix a leaky faucet

You’ll need the following basic tools:

  • A large wrench
  • Flat blade screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Pliers

Kinds of Faucets

Typically, there are two kinds of faucets – washer-type (also referred to as compression) and washerless (non-compression) faucets. Since compression faucets are the most commonly found faucets, that’s what this tutorial will focus on.

Leaky Faucet Diagram

Steps to Fix a Compression Faucet

  1. Turn off the water supply.
  2. If you have both a cold and hot water type faucet you’ll only need to fix the handle that is leaky. It may be worth fixing them both at once if the leak seems like it’s due to aging parts.
  3. Remove the handle and take out the faucet components.
  4. Remove the handle and unscrew packing nut with an adjustable wrench. Protect nut with tape. Turn the nut counterclockwise.
  5. After removing the packing nut, unscrew the stem of the faucet by turning it in its “on” direction. It is doable by hand but if it’s hard to turn, remove the handle to get an extra grip on it.
  6. Usually, just one screw holds the old seat washer to the stem. Remove both the screw and the washer.
  7. Lift out the old seat washer and fit a new one the same size into the recess. A worn or grooved washer could have caused the leaks. If the screw is corroded, replace it with a new brass one.

Related Reads: Want to stop the problem before it begins? Check out our 5 preventative plumbing tips!

And there you have it! You fixed your dripping faucet. Since you just saved gallons of wasted water and restored your faucet to pristine condition, you’ll probably sleep better at night.

Want to become a pro at your fixing your home’s plumbing? The experts at Herrmann Services have compiled a FREE guide to DIY plumbing! Download it now to learn plumbing secrets from the pros:

5 Preventative Plumbing Tips from the Pros

cartoon of man with flooded roomWhen plumbing emergencies happen, they are rarely convenient. The surprise expense, the mess and destruction of your things, not to mention the time it takes out of your workday for a professional to come in and fix it, all add up to frustration and aggravation.

Luckily, many plumbing emergencies can be avoided. Because emergencies don’t usually happen completely overnight, but rather are a buildup of small problems which eventually cause meltdown, most can be prevented. Our five tips for preventative plumbing will help you steer your pipes away from meltdown mode, so you don’t have to waste any more of your time waiting for the plumber to show up.

Tip 1: Invest in Metal Hoses for Your Dishwasher and Washing Machine

One of the biggest sources of flooding in a home is due to burst hoses on the dishwasher and washing machine. The truth is: the traditional black rubber hoses are just not enough. When they burst, they can cause leaks of up to five gallons per minute! That’s five gallons for every minute you’re not home!

If you want to avoid having an unexpected pool party in your living room, your best bet for plumbing safety is to invest in stainless steel braided hoses, which don’t burst as easily because they are pressure resistant and don’t age as quickly as rubber hoses.


Related Reads: Sump Pump Check: 5 Things to Check to Avoid Water Damage

Tip 2: Don’t Ignore Your Leaky Toilets. They’ll Only Get Worse

It can be tempting to ignore a minor problem when it doesn’t cause much inconvenience or doesn’t seem important enough to call a professional. Leaky toilets are one of those often-ignored small problems that can cause bigger issues down the road, like overflow or constant running of your toilet. This usually happens because there is a buildup of gunk around the valve seat and flapper, which prohibits the flapper from sealing correctly and eventually can result in a broken toilet.

If you know your way around toilet plumbing, you can try to clean the valve yourself. Otherwise, hiring a professional is a very quick and inexpensive process, compared to a completely broken toilet. Plus, if there is anything else wrong with the toilet, the professional plumber will be able to diagnose it correctly for you.

Tip 3: Prevent Pipes from Freezing with Insulation

Prevent frozen pipes by wrapping any pipes on outside walls with insulation. When temperatures dip below zero, as they often do during the winter in Cincinnati, the pipes on the outside walls get the coldest and may freeze. You can pick up pipe insulation very affordably at your local home improvement store.

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Tip 4: NEVER Put Fats or Cooking Oil Down the Sink!

Putting fats or cooking oils down the kitchen sink is a recipe for disaster. Although you may think it’s the most efficient way to get rid of oils, it actually causes lots of harm to your plumbing system. The now-liquidy fats can solidify in your cold pipes, which creates clogs and big problems for you in the future.

However, it’s impossible to keep completely ALL oil out of the sink– we know that. To maintain your kitchen sink, pour near boiling hot water down the drain occasionally. This should melt any leftover oils from last night’s dinner pans in a jiffy.

Tip 5: Become Friends with Your Main Water Shut-off Valve

The main water shut-off valve is the valve which controls all of the water intake into your home. Knowing where it is and how to turn it off could save you lots of heartache in an emergency situation. The best way to prevent emergencies when you are away from home for an extended period of time is just to shut off your main water valve.

Also, to make sure your main water shut-off valve is operating correctly, open and shut it occasionally so that you know it’s not stuck and that, in an emergency situation, it will work.

Related Reads: Why You Need to Inspect Your Home’s Plumbing

Doing little things to prevent emergencies may seem time-consuming and inconvenient, but it is nothing compared to the cost and time-suck that a real plumbing emergency creates. In the end, we think it’s definitely worth it.

Stop the plumbing disasters before they start! Download our FREE guide 14 Plumbing Don’ts When Unclogging a Drain. If you’re a DIYer, this checklist will save you time and help you avoid these common drain cleaning mistakes.

Why You Need to Inspect Your Home’s Plumbing

home plumbing inspectionThink about all of the plumbing equipment in your Cincinnati area home. From the water heater and sump pump to the toilets and sinks, there are a lot of things that could go wrong and ruin your day. Checking your home’s plumbing is one way to keep disaster at bay, so you won’t have to come home to find your kitchen turned into a swamp.

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Avoid A Basement Catastrophe

People like surprises, but finding water in your Cincinnati basement when you expect your sump pump to work is not one of them. Over time, your sump pump may wear out, or the float may get stuck on the side of your sump pump pit.

It’s important to periodically check your sump pump to make sure it is working to avoid a wet basement. It’s also a good idea to install a sump pump battery backup, so your sump pump will work even when the power goes out.

Steer Clear of a Toilet & Faucet Meltdown

As your home’s toilet and faucet get older, it is more likely to need a repair here and there. Before doing repairs yourself, it’s a good idea to check the shut off valves for your toilet, kitchen, and bathroom faucets. That way, if you ever need to shut off the water in the event of an emergency, you will know where they are located and how they work.

You can also inspect the inner workings of your toilet for wear and tear. Over time, the valves in your toilet can wear out, and eventually cause a running toilet. This can cost you money on your water bill in addition to the annoying noise it creates.

Related Reads: 7 Items to Never Put Down Your Drain!

Never Step Into a Freezing Shower Again

Avoid stepping into a freezing cold shower by checking your water heater. This important piece of plumbing equipment is responsible for heating the water in your house. Keeping tabs on it will prevent it from going out when you least expect it to. You’ll want to check it for leaks, but also look for signs of rust near the bottom of the tank. A water heater that decides to fail can be a real messy problem.

These are just a few of the important pieces of plumbing equipment in your home that you need to inspect on a regular basis. For more information about plumbing inspections or to schedule one by a professional, contact Herrmann Services today.


7 Items to Never Put Down Your Drain!

 

There are a lot of myths out there about what is okay to flush down your toilet or put in your garbage disposal. At Herrmann Services, our plumbers have seen it all. That’s why we came up with this list of items to never flush down your toilet or wash down your garbage disposal. Follow these suggestions and keep your drains clog free.

    Don’t Flush These Items:

  1. Hygiene Products: Even if the packaging on feminine products claims they are “flushable”, don’t do it! Some companies may not test their product in real-life conditions, leading to products safe in laboratories but not so safe in actual septic tanks or sewers. Always throw them in the trash instead.
  2. Baby Wipes: These are one of the absolute worst items to flush down a toilet. They do not degrade easily and end up gathering together to make large obstructions that require professional help.
  3. Cotton Swabs: If you are applying cosmetics or cleaning out ears, these tiny, non-threatening sticks with bits of fluff are not going to make it through the necessary twists and turns of a plumbing system.
  4. Toilet Paper: But it’s made to be flushed, right? Um, not always. If you go for the super-plush mega ply brands, you may want to be careful about how much you use. The higher the grade, the higher the risk. If you want to pamper your bum, make sure to only use as much as necessary.

    Don’t Put These Down Your Disposal:

  5. Grease: After traveling a few inches down the pipes, the heat effect wears off, the grease quickly cools and a buildup of residue clings to pipes which bits and bobs and other particles become trapped in. Not only will a clog eventually develop, but it will be a very smelly process.
  6. Coffee Grounds: They seem harmless, right? Surely those fine particles won’t clog the drain, right? They might also mask nasty odors emanating up from pipes, right? Wrong, on all accounts. These particles continue to retain moisture and, in effect, become like a cement alternative. Toss them in the garbage.
  7. Certain Food Scraps: But you’ve got a disposal installed in the sink, you say. That’s what it’s made for, you say. Then you end up with a terrible clog. Vegetable peels and pasta should never be put down a disposal. Pasta expands and vegetable peels are never shredded into small enough particles. It will take next to forever for even a small piece of potato peel to biodegrade. And it will stink until its final demise.

No Clog Is a Match for Our Hydro Jet Clog Buster

If you do get a clog, call the expert clog removers at Herrmann Services. We’ve got the latest equipment including our Hydro Jet clog remover. This tool uses a high-pressure water jet inside your pipes to remove everything from hair and grease to roots and rocks!

Call us at (513) 737-8423 or contact us online when you need your drains unclogged.    


Hydro Jet – The Fastest Drain Cleaning Solution

Herrmann Services in CincinnatiAt Herrmann Services, we pride ourselves on our fast, fixed-the-first-time plumbing services. That’s why we invest in the latest and greatest plumbing solutions – like our hydro jet drain cleaning tool. We have always provided full-service drain cleaning for homes in the Cincinnati area, but now, we’ve upped our game.

 

Hydro Jetting Clears Every Clog Fast

Hydro JettingThe hydro jet system uses high pressure water jetting inside your pipes to clear anything in its way. Grease, hair, rocks, roots, you name it – they don’t stand a chance against this state-of-the-art drain cleaning tool. Combine that with our video technology that lets our plumbers pinpoint the clog, and your plumbing problems are over.

No Drain Is a Match for Our Hydro Jet

Our plumbers have years of experience, and you will always get the same professionalism every time we enter your home. Our philosophy is to always provide upfront pricing, so you will know exactly what your drain cleaning will cost before we ever start the job. We use the camera to identify broken or collapsed pipe, blockages, corrosion, leaking joints, and even tree root infiltration. This prevents costly digging or damage to your pipe system. Our plumbers can handle:

  • Drain Cleaning CincinnatiKitchen Drain Cleaning
  • Bathroom Drain Cleaning
  • Main Sewer Pipe Cleaning
  • Toilet Drain Cleaning
  • Floor Drain Cleaning
  • Window Well Cleaning
  • Downspout Cleaning
  • Residential and Commercial

Say goodbye to clogged or slow-running plumbing! Just call Herrmann Services and our hydro jetter, the ultimate drain cleaning tool, will have your pipes clean as a whistle in no time. Contact us online or call us at (513) 737-8423.


Sump Pump Check: 5 Things to Check to Avoid Water Damage

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April showers bring May flowers! Spring is right around the corner, and with it comes the rainy season. While all the rain is great blooming spring flowers, it is not so good for our basements and crawl spaces.

All of this rain greatly increases the odds of basement flooding, even if you don’t live in a flood plain. According to the National Flood Insurance Program, floods are the No. 1 disaster in America, averaging over $3 billion in claims per year.

Repairing flood damage can be extremely costly depending on the extent of water entering your home.

So, what should you do to avoid coming home to knee-deep water in your basement?

Perform regular tests and maintenance of your sump pump! To test your pump all you need is a 5 gallon bucket and some water.

Test the Sump Pump

Make sure your sump pump is plugged in and slowly pour water into the hole where the pump is sitting. When the water caused the float to rise the pump should turn on and begin pumping out the water.

If your pump does not have a float, you can expect the pump to turn on when the water level is roughly 8-12 inches from the top of the floor.

Watch It Pump

Let your sump pump run until the water is low enough to turn off the pump, then fill it up again to make sure it turns on again.

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Check the Float

If your sump pump didn’t turn on, you may have a problem with your float. Make sure it is not stuck or rubbing against the side of the sump pump pit. The float is what triggers the on/off switch, so if it cannot move freely, it may be why your sump pump won’t turn on.

Try raising the float by lifting it up by hand to see if the pump turns on, or add more water to the sump basin until the float becomes activated. If the pump still does not operate you may have a bigger issue at hand.

Check the Outlet Pipe

Look for the outlet pipe on the outside of your home. This pipe should be directed away from your foundation to carry the water from your basement out, and away from your home.

Check for any clogs, buildup, or debris that would prevent a steady flow of water. You should also check for any obvious signs of damage that would require a repair. Water should be flowing freely and should not run back toward your home.

Consider Age and Condition of Sump Pump

Sump pumps usually have a lifespan of 10 years or so. With the weather we have in Cincinnati, there is a good chance that your sump pump gets a regular workout.

If your sump pump is over 10 years old, or is completely rusted over and ancient looking, there is a good chance you are on borrowed time. Even if it is working, plan to have it replaced soon so you don’t have a failure at the worst possible time.

What Else Can You do to Reduce Flood Risk to Your Home?

  1. Install a Battery Backup: With heavy storms, there is always a good chance your power may go out. Your sump pump runs on electricity so if the power goes out, your sump pump cannot pump water out of your basement.  Sump pump battery backup systems are available and they allow your sump pump to operate even if the power is out. If your sump pump loses power a battery backup pump may just be the saving grace you need to keep your home dry.
  2. Check your gutter system: Rain gutters should be free of debris and cleaned regularly too allow water to flow away from your foundation. Additionally, you can consider purchasing gutter extensions which will attach to your down spouts to carry water further from the base of your home.
  3. Waterproof the walls: You can help to limit the amount of water that can enter your basement by plugging gaps and lining the walls. Your local hardware store will sell a waterproofing/sealing paint that you can add to increase the likelihood your walls will keep water out.

I’ve Had Water Damage, Now What?

  1. Contact your homeowners insurance immediately to see if you qualify for any coverage. Take extensive photos of the damage if necessary.
  2. To help keep costs of repairs low, the next step to take is to dry out the basement. If you’re dealing with standing water left on the floor, consider renting a wet vac to suck up and dispose of the remaining water.
  3. A dehumidifier will to help dry out the rest of the basement and reduce the occurrence of mold.
  4. Contact your plumber to rectify the problem so it does not happen again.

Herrmann Services offers service and maintenance for sump pumps and we can install a new one or offer a battery backup system. If you need sump pump service or installation, call us at (513) 407-5177.

Tankless vs Traditional Water Heaters – Pros & Cons

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Your water heater is an essential part of your home’s mechanical system. The words, “There’s no hot water!” preceded by a shriek from the shower, are not something you want to hear from your teenage daughter as she’s getting ready for school in the morning!

According to the American Water Works Association, The average American family uses 45-65 gallons of water per person, per day. And 20-30 gallons of that water is the heated variety — hot water for showers, baths, dishes, laundry, etc.

We depend on our water heater for all of these activities every day of every week. It’s precisely because it’s such a valuable piece of equipment, that when something goes wrong with it, it can feel like a catastrophe!

Sooner or later, every homeowner faces the prospect of having to replace a failed or aging water heater. When that day arrives, which will you choose — one of the new tankless water heaters or a traditional model? Here’s some helpful information on tankless vs. traditional water heaters to help you decide before you actually need to replace yours.

Differences Between Traditional & Tankless Water Heaters

A traditional water heater has a tank that stores and pre-heats anywhere from 30 to 50 gallons of water at a time to use for showers, laundry, etc. Once that hot water is used, the tank starts all over again, refilling and pre-heating another 30-50 gallons.

A tankless water heater doesn’t store any water. Rather, it uses gas or electricity to warm the water as it’s needed. It’s an “on demand” system.

Now let’s look at the pros and cons of each …

Traditional Water Heater Pros

  • Lower initial installation cost
  • Low venting cost
  • Easy to maintain
  • Easy to replace
  • Still works during power outage (gas powered)

Traditional Water Heater Cons

  • Limited amount of hot water available at one time
  • Higher energy bills in the winter
  • Shorter life compared to tankless water heaters
  • Freshness of water – water that is in the tank a while can collect corrosion and rust
  • Space – The tank takes up more room than a tankless version
  • Over time, the tank could get a leak

Tankless Water Heater Pros

  • Never run out of hot water
  • Less energy to operate
  • Higher efficiency meaning monthly savings on energy bills
  • Space-saving
  • Lasts longer than a traditional water heater – up to 20 years

Tankless Water Heater Cons

  • Higher initial cost
  • Basically serves one tap at a time, making it impossible for a person to have a hot shower while the washer is filling with hot water
  • Runs on electricity and won’t work during a power outage

It all comes down to the needs of your family and your priorities. If you need a water heater and don’t want to spend more initially, a traditional water heater may be a better choice. If, on the other hand, you prefer your hot water “on demand”, and don’t mind the higher up-front costs, the tankless version may be the right choice for you.

If you are ready to replace your water heater and need professional installation in the Cincinnati area, fill out the form on the top of the page or call (513) 407-5177.

Is Your Sump Pump Ready For All The Rain in Cincinnati?

Sump Pump Cincinnati RainIt’s been a wet spring in the Cincinnati area, which has been great for the grass and all the spring flowers. But it hasn’t been too great for basements and crawl spaces.

All of this rain increases the odds of flooding, and you don’t think of it too much until you have a problem with flooding.

Luckily, a lot of homeowners have sump pumps in their basements, but there are some things you can do to make sure they stay up and running.

How Old Is Your Sump Pump?

Sump pumps usually have a lifespan around 10 years or so. With the weather we have in Cincinnati, there is a good chance that your sump pump gets regular work. If your sump pump is over 10 years old, there is a good chance you are on borrowed time. Even if it is working, plan to have it replaced soon so you don’t have a failure at the worst possible time.

Have You Ever Actually Inspected Your Sump Pump?

For homes that have a sump pump, you will have a pit somewhere in a corner of your basement. Remove the pit cover and take a look inside. If your sump pump looks rusty and ancient, it’s probably a good idea to just have it replaced.

If it’s a sump pump that has a float on it, make sure the float is not stuck or rubbing against the side of the sump pump pit. That float is what triggers the on/off switch, so if it cannot move your pump may not turn on.

Has Your Power Ever Gone Out in a Storm?

The odds are good in Cincinnati that your power may have gone out before during one of our incredible thunderstorms. The big problem is that your sump pump works on electricity, so if the power is out so is your ability to pump water out of your basement.

Battery backup systems are available for your sump pump, and they allow your sump pump to operate even if the power is out.

Herrmann Services offers service and maintenance for sump pumps, and we can even replace them and install a battery backup system.

Contact us with any questions at 513-737-8423!