How Poor Plumbing Systems Can Lead To Legionnaires’ Disease

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Legionella Pneumophila Bacteria

What is Legionnaires’ disease?

Legionnaires’ disease is a serious type of pneumonia that is caused by bacteria growing in stagnant water. It is transmitted to humans when we breath in small water droplets that contain the Legionella bacteria. Symptoms include cough, fever, headaches, and shortness of breath. It can result in lung failure and even death, so it should be taken extremely seriously. Poor plumbing conditions can allow Legionella to grow and fester, so you need to take steps to prevent this from happening.

How poor plumbing can cause Legionnaires’ disease

While Legionella is commonly found in large plumbing systems such as commercial cooling towers, it can also appear in residential plumbing systems. It can occur in hot tubs, fountains, water storage tanks, water heaters, sinks, tubs, and showerheads. If your plumbing system is not properly configured, water can be stagnant for long periods of time. This leads to Legionella growth. Similarly, homes that don’t properly maintain their plumbing systems are susceptible. Biofilm, a plaque-like substance consisting of different microorganisms, can build up around the interior of your pipes which feeds and protects the Legionella bacteria. This can then flake off and be transported throughout your water system.

How to prevent the bacteria from growing

Luckily, there are a few good ways to prevent the threat of Legionnaires’ disease. These include:

  • Sanitize the bathroom. Regularly clean your bathroom thoroughly with a diluted mixture of water and bleach. Pay special attention to sinks, tubs, and showerheads. Scrub down other surfaces such as countertops with a disinfectant spray.

  • Set the water heater to 140 degrees. Legionella can’t survive in a hot water heater if the temperature is set this high. Please note this can lead to scalding and is not recommended for homes with children. If you do have children or are otherwise worried about scalding, you can replace your faucets with specialized temperature-regulating models that lower the temperature of the water.

  • Use a water softener. Water softeners can minimize the buildup of sediment and biofilm in your pipes so that Legionella can’t grow. While helpful, this does not guarantee your pipes will be Legionella-free. Use in conjunction with other methods.

  • Minimize water stagnation. Flush seldomly used water fixtures regularly to prevent stagnation. If you suspect poor plumbing design could be an issue, have a plumbing professional inspect your system and make improvements, if necessary.

Bieg Plumbing is a family-owned business that has served the St. Louis area for nearly 60 years. We’re here to help whenever you have an issue. We can inspect your pipes for biofilm or other buildup and get them back in great condition. Contact us today to schedule any of our services.

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When Do You Need To Secure A Plumbing Permit?

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Plumbing projects big and small require permits from the city. This ensures that the work done on the plumbing system meets local codes and regulations. Before starting your next plumbing project, look into whether or not you need a permit. The City of St. Louis publishes a full list of guidelines, but since the information is not in an easy-to-read format, we’ll explain the basics below.

When a permit is typically necessary

The following plumbing jobs will usually require a permit:

  • Repiping. If your home needs some or all of its plumbing system replaced, you will need a permit before work can start.
  • New installations. If a new section of pipe needs to be installed, you’ll also need a permit from the city. An example of this would be if you were finishing your basement and were installing a new bathroom. Also, a permit is needed any time a new feature, such as sink or toilet, is installed.
  • Replacing the drain line. If your drain line has ruptured or otherwise needs replacing, you should file for a permit.
  • Anything to do with the sewer line. Since the sewer line also connects to a public utility, any work on it will need to be approved by the local government. This makes sure that all safety codes will be followed.
  • Moving the plumbing system. If a part of your plumbing system is moved to a different location, it is seen as a remodel and must have a permit.
  • Water heater installation. This is a common issue, as water heaters only last eight to 12 years. Once yours kicks the bucket, a permit will be needed before the new one can be installed due to water heater safety regulations.
  • Soil stack repair. If your soil stack is damaged or not venting properly, repairing or replacing it will necessitate a permit.

When a permit isn’t necessary

While permits aren’t typically needed for the following plumbing projects, you should still contact the city at 314-622-3313 for verification.

  • Repairing or replacing existing features. You should be able to replace accessible plumbing features such as faucets and garbage disposals without a permit provided no additional repair work is required beyond the fixture tubing connections. Remember that large installations such as sinks and toilets do need a permit, however.
  • Repairs to piping. If the piping that just needs minor repairs due to leaks, you may be in the clear.
  • Installing lawn irrigation. Once the backflow device – which does require a permit – is installed, the rest of your irrigation system can be installed without a permit.

In order to receive a permit as a homeowner, you need to meet certain criteria. If you plan to hire a plumber to do the work, they should be certified by the City of St. Louis. They should acquire the necessary permits before starting the job.

Bieg Plumbing has master plumbers who know all about the permitting process and how to adhere to safety codes, guaranteeing your project is done correctly. We’ve been a family-operated business serving the St. Louis community for nearly 60 years. We can help with any plumbing project you may have, so contact us today to discuss.

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5 Commercial Plumbing Problems Businesses Should Know About

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Businesses may not give a second thought to their commercial plumbing system…that is until something goes wrong. Some problems may get ignored for a long time while others force business owners to act immediately. Regardless of the issue’s severity, an improperly functioning plumbing system will negatively affect your business. Here are a few of the most common commercial plumbing problems that businesses should know about.

Clogged toilet

This is a fairly common problem with a variety of causes and sometimes a very simple solution. People may use too much toilet paper or accidentally flush items that are not toilet-safe. The result is that a toilet will back up and possibly overflow. Simple cases can be solved by plunging. However, in the event a clog is persistent, professional plumbers can make that issue disappear down the drain.

Ruptured pipes

It could be old age, freezing conditions, corrosion, high water pressure or even careless digging, but ruptured pipes can ruin a building and its contents in a matter of minutes. If not attended to quickly, water damage, mold and rot can occur. If you experience a burst pipe, it is important to determine the exact cause in order to prevent the problem from recurring. An experienced, licensed Bieg Plumbing plumber can inspect your plumbing, determine your home’s water pressure and make any necessary adjustments.

Low water pressure

A ruptured pipe will often cause low water pressure. But a lack of force from your faucets may be an indicator of a different problem. If dirt, debris or minerals begin to collect in pipes, the result will be lower pressure. Additionally, if the main regulator is not set to the fully open position, your water flow rates will be restricted. If the regulator is in the correct position, it’s time to call a professional commercial plumber.

Sneaky leaks

Leaks can cost thousands of dollars in wasted water and building damage. A quick way to tell whether there may be a leak in a building is to monitor the water bill month to month. If there is a constant increase in water used without any difference in your employee’s habits or patterns, there may be a leak that needs to be investigated. If the water usage spikes without any reason, there is definitely a leak, and it needs to be found and repaired immediately.

Stinky sewer smells

Properly operating commercial plumbing systems do not have an odor. But if they are not maintained, you may detect the stench of sewer gas wafting through your building. Hazardous to breathe directly, sewer gas is usually diluted substantially once it exits the line. In other words, the gas will not hurt you, but it will smell terrible. Causes include blocked vent pipes, traps that have dried out or damaged drain lines. If you want to keep these unpleasant and off-putting smells out of your business, you need to get a commercial plumber to review and address this as soon as possible.

Don’t let plumbing issues affect your bottom line. If your business is experiencing problems with plumbing, contact Bieg Plumbing at 314-487-4564 to schedule a complimentary estimate. We’ve been serving the greater St. Louis area for 60 years and are ready when you need us.

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3 Reasons Why Drain Cleaning Is Critical For Home Maintenance

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As a homeowner, you’re likely aware that it takes a significant amount of maintenance to keep everything in good condition. Your drains are no exception. Seemingly minor issues such as slow drains can quickly become big problems if you ignore them. So, don’t neglect your drains and have them routinely cleaned by a professional.

Why it’s important

Maintain your drains properly and you’ll enjoy the following benefits:

  • Longer drain life and fewer repairs. Common sense prevails here, as healthy drains mean longer-lasting drains. Damage and corrosion can occur when left untreated. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may be faced with having to replace the drain or invest in a major repair. Save money and headaches by investing in preventive care.
  • Better drainage. The entire point of a drain is to, well, drain unwanted liquids away from your home! Clogs and blockages are common in drains that aren’t taken care of properly. So you could potentially be standing in water up to your ankles in the shower. If you’re familiar with this situation, you know it’s not a pleasant experience.
  • No foul odors. The accumulation of food and waste particles in your drains can result in unpleasant odors. Nobody wants bad smells coming up from their shower or kitchen drains, so have them cleaned on a regular basis.

Bieg’s services

While basic daily drain maintenance is crucial, you should still have them professionally cleaned at least once a year. This ensures they’re in great working condition and issues can be discovered before they turn into major problems. Bieg Plumbing offers the following services for residential drain cleaning:

  • Cabling. For this service, a cable with a cutting head attachment is snaked through your pipes to clear clogs. A video camera can be fed through later to ensure the pipe is clear, giving you greater peace of mind about your lines.
  • Hydro jetting. Pressured water is sent through a line to completely clean and degrease it. This is an extremely effective and heavy-duty solution that is also safe for all pipes and doesn’t require the use of potentially harmful chemicals. It’s also a job that won’t take much time, yet will provide long-lasting results. This makes hydro jetting a fantastic option for residential and commercial property owners alike.

Bieg Plumbing has served the St. Louis area for over 60 years. During that time, we’ve built up a sterling reputation for getting the job done quickly and correctly. We can make sure that all of your pipes are clean and in good condition. If you would like to schedule a drain cleaning service or any other plumbing service, contact us today. We are ready 24 hours a day to help you.

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Green Plumbing Solutions

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Did you know that up to 3% of our national electrical energy use is tied to the processing and movement of drinking water? Or that 20% of energy used in homes is simply for heating water? Green plumbing solutions are about more than just saving water; they’re about saving energy and the environment. There are literally dozens of things you can do to make your plumbing system ecologically sound and more economical for your family. Let’s take a look at a few of these options.

Pipes

If possible, route plumbing along interior walls to prevent heat from being siphoned off by cooler temperatures outside. Ensure that all pipes, regardless of location, are properly insulated. Losing heat through uninsulated pipes can increase your utility bills substantially. You can reduce your energy costs by switching to a green insulator instead. Consider organic cellulose, which is made primarily from recycled newspapers specially treated to make them fire-resistant. Another option is vegetable oil foam, which is made from plant-based oils and can be sprayed on wide areas. In some cases, people are utilizing recycled denim, since cotton is another natural and inexpensive insulator.

Toilets, Showers and Sinks

Low-flow toilets and faucets can reduce water use by 60% or more. Considering that an average toilet consumes nearly 30 gallons of water per person per day, this upgrade can eliminate a prime source of waste.

Low-flow aerators are devices that screw onto faucets and can reduce the flow by 40%. Installation time is just a few seconds and the price is generally under $10.

Low flow showerheads are similar to aerators—you can modify the rate of water flow without sacrificing pressure. There are several models on the market; look for those with non-aerating spray, which can shorten the time it takes for water to heat up and will save energy.

Motion sensor faucets are really popular in new commercial restroom construction. We’ve all used them—put your hand under the faucet and the water comes on; move your hand away and the water shuts off. There are now several models appropriate for residential use.

Washing Machines and Dishwashers

Appliances that use a lot of water such as dishwashers and washing machines are also available in more eco-friendly forms. Front-loading washers typically use less energy and water than their top-loading cousins. Dishwashers already use less water than handwashing and the latest models are designed to keep energy consumption to a minimum.

Water heaters

Old-fashioned water heaters were notorious for low efficiency and occasional problems with volume (“Who used up all the hot water!?”). If your water heater is older than 10 years, consider replacing it with a new, more efficient model.  Modern storage tanks are far better in these respects but still suffer some heat loss and relatively high energy use. Here are a few solutions with new-and-improved technology:

  • Tankless water heaters only heat water when it is required, rather than keeping a large volume hot constantly. This reduces the amount of wasted energy and water.
  • Solar heaters use concentrated heat from the sun to keep water warm. Obviously most effective in climates with lots of sunshine, they may experience limitations in cloudier regions.
  • Drain-water heat recovery systems are normally used in commercial applications with lots of waterflow. By trapping heat that would normally have gone down a drain, it can be used to offset the amount of energy used to raise the temperature of water in the storage tank.

Bieg Plumbing can install a new eco-friendly water heater that fits your needs. We can deliver and install it for you, or you can purchase one and hire us to install it.

If you are considering greening up your plumbing system, give Bieg Plumbing a call. We have been helping to keep water and the environment clean for 60 years.

5 Questions To Ask When Choosing A Plumbing Contractor

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Often, when we need a plumber, it’s because something has gone horribly wrong. But, by selecting a quality contractor before disaster strikes, you can save a lot of stress later. Whether you’re already in crisis mode or just planning ahead, here are some key questions you should ask when looking for in a contractor.

  1. Are they licensed? Knowing that your plumbing contractor is properly trained will go a long way toward your peace of mind. A professional plumber spends thousands of hours as an apprentice to learn the ins and outs of their craft. Unlicensed plumbers do not have legal permission to perform plumbing work or repairs. If they do so, they could receive fines or even jail time. For the customer, unlicensed work can result in property damage or expensive corrective work.
  2. Are they insured? Professional plumbers take every precaution when performing their work. But, in the event that something does not go exactly as planned, contractors insurance will ensure that you, the customer, are not left holding the bag. In most states, proof of insurance is required in order to be registered as a licensed plumber. If a contractor states they have insurance or a license, ask to see the proof. If they refuse, find another contractor.
  3. Are they reliable? Perusing online reviews can give you a good idea of the type of work that a contractor will deliver. Look for qualities such as finishing a job on time, staying within the agreed-upon budget, cleanliness, and protection of property, and knowledge of solving specific plumbing problems. While it may be tempting to simply see how many stars a contractor has, actually reading the reviews is much more useful.
  4. Is the plumbing contractor local? If your contractor is from out of the area, be sure to consider travel time. Will they show up late or leave early if they have a long drive back to their headquarters? Are they familiar with the specific codes for your town? Small differences in the rules can have major repercussions.
  5. Are they unionized? If a plumber is a member of a local plumber’s union, that means they’re also a member of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA). The UA has provided education for every union plumber since codes were first enacted. There are many benefits to hiring a union plumber. Future plumbers start as apprentices and spend five years learning the craft while working under more experienced instructors and journeymen. Additionally, any unionized contractor has to maintain both general liability and worker’s compensation insurance, along with a bond to guarantee that the customer is protected.

Selecting the right plumbing contractor should not be a stressful task. Beig Plumbing has been helping homeowners and businesses in the greater St. Louis region for nearly 60 years. We make it a point to finish on time and within the project budget. We are also fully licensed and insured and regularly work with manufacturers to cover warranties and ensure that parts are affordable. If you are in need of a plumbing contractor in greater St. Louis, look no further than Beig Plumbing.

Commercial Dishwasher Care and Maintenance Checklist for a Restaurant Owner

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Modern stainless steel dishwashing equipment in a commercial kitchen

A restaurant may have the best food in the world and wonderful ambiance, but if they cannot keep their dishes clean, the crowds will soon disappear. Your commercial dishwasher is critical to keeping your establishment operational.

Commercial dishwashers cost anywhere from roughly $3,000 to over $50,000. This makes them one of the most expensive pieces of equipment in your kitchen. Such a large investment needs to be cared for to prevent early failures and problems. Regularly scheduled maintenance must be part of any restaurant’s operating procedures.

The simplest action one can take is to read the manual! A lot of issues that affect commercial dishwashers are operator-induced. In other words, users create their own problems. Using the wrong chemical can corrode pipes and improper loading can damage internal components. By understanding proper operation, you can save thousands of dollars in repair fees.

To be fair, most of your staff is probably not going to have time to study the manual. In this case, creating an easy-to-read checklist can communicate the most important dos and don’ts for everyone in the kitchen. Such a list should be in plain sight of the control panel or loading doors. Keep this list brief and to the point so that people are more likely to follow every step, rather than skipping things that seem laborious or unrelated to getting dishes clean. Here are some items that you may wish to include on your list.

Checklist items

  • Scraping and rinsing the dishes before placing them in the dishwasher prevents food from clogging up the spray jets or the filter.
  • Every 20 cycles, clean the filter and refill the water tank. Obviously, if your dishwasher is being used more often, this interval should be shortened. Keeping the water tank clean will prevent bacteria growth. Cleaning the filter will remove food particles that can block the flow of water, which affects how clean dishes get. If left too long, these particles can begin to decay and produce foul smells as well.
  • Check your chemical levels before every cycle. Insufficient detergent, rinse aid and sanitizer will mean that you would simply be rinsing your dishes rather than sterilizing them. Customers will also notice streaks and marks if these fluids are not maintained at the proper levels. When topping these chemicals off, make sure you’re using the correct types. The wrong chemicals can irreparably damage your dishwasher.
  • Clean and dry your dishwasher daily. After the final cycle, clean your dishwasher and allow it to air dry. Not letting it dry can lead to, you guessed it, bacteria growth.
  • Professional maintenance on a regular basis is the best way of catching problems that either you cannot handle or would not normally notice. An annual checkup is required for the rubber seals, solenoid valve filters and chemical dispenser. In addition, regular de-liming of internal parts can stave off expensive malfunctions.

Bieg Plumbing has served the St. Louis area for 60 years, and we’re ready to help with whatever plumbing problems you might be facing.  We have the experience and know-how to diagnose and repair any plumbing malfunction you may be experiencing. A family company in its second generation, Bieg also has the compassion to understand your predicament and provide fast service to get your restaurant functioning normally as fast as possible.

Contact our experts today for an appointment.

Do I Need A Sump Pump?

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You’ve most likely heard of sump pumps or know people who have them in their homes. But do you need one in your house? It’s an important question because a sump pump can help prevent water damage and save you thousands of dollars in repair costs. First things first, though. What exactly is a sump pump?

A sump pump is a device that is usually installed in the basement that pumps excess water out of your home during periods of heavy rainfall. There are many different options, so call an experienced Bieg plumber to go over your choices and help determine which model is best for you. If you’ve ever experienced a wet basement during a storm, you could potentially benefit from getting a sump pump. St. Louis gets over 42 inches of rainfall each year, putting it above the national average. If you see water in your basement even once, the problem isn’t likely to go away on its own.

Signs that you need a sump pump

Here are some common reasons for needing a sump pump.

  • You live in a low-lying area. If your house resides on low-lying land, you’ll be more prone to flooding. If you aren’t sure about your elevation, check out this handy St. Louis topological map. Usually, however, you’ll be able to see whether or not there is significant elevation change in your surrounding area.
  • Previous flooding issues. Have you noticed that when it rains, your basement becomes damp or even floods? A sump pump can prevent these situations, preventing damage to the foundation over time. This could save you a lot of money in future repairs. Foundations aren’t cheap.
  • You have an older, malfunctioning pump. Submersible models last for approximately 10 years, while pedestal models can remain functional for multiple decades. While sump pumps are generally durable, there will come a time when it will need to be replaced. This is especially true if you haven’t been giving the unit proper maintenance each year. If your older pump isn’t working well, call in a licensed plumber to have it inspected.
  • You have a finished basement. Finished basements are fantastic. They add more livable space to your home and are generally cooler and quite comfortable. If you’ve gone all out, you probably have nice carpeting, furniture, big-screen televisions, stereo equipment and more down there. While this makes for an impressive hideout spot from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can also mean major damage if it floods. Even if you haven’t noticed flooding previously, we’d recommend consulting a professional about a potential sump pump if you want to ensure that all of the expensive equipment isn’t put in harm’s way. It only takes one big thunderstorm to ruin your perfect man cave.

Bieg Plumbing has the experience and plumbing knowledge necessary to guide you through any issue related to sump pumps. We provide a range of exceptional models with top-notch installation services. We even offer Wi-Fi-connected units that can alert you via the internet if there are any malfunctions with the machine. This means that even if you’re not at home, you can be informed as to what’s going on and make the appropriate decisions as to how to deal with any problems. Now that’s peace of mind!

With over 60 years of service in the St. Louis area, Bieg Plumbing is always ready to help.

Maintaining Drains In A Busy Commercial Property

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If you own a busy commercial property, you need to ensure that your drains are working properly often. A bad clog resulting in a major leak or drain inaccessibility is a big problem for residential properties, but it could mean many thousands of dollars worth of damage for a commercial property.

Types of commercial properties that could be especially affected

  • Restaurants. Businesses that rely on food preparation are the most affected by drain problems. Clogs and plumbing issues are very common, as food particles and grease can be improperly disposed of down the drains. Also, with constant customer traffic comes constant trips to the bathroom. If someone flushes the wrong items down the toilet, major issues can occur.
  • Professional office space. In large offices with many tenants, there are ample opportunities for disaster. There could be kitchen-type areas in the office, and if there are a significant number of employees, the bathrooms will be in use all day, every day.

Common problems

  • Clogs. These are the most common of all drain problems. They could be caused by the improper disposal of grease, food, toilet paper and other kinds of trash.
  • Leaks or burst pipes. Leaks and burst pipes can have many causes. These range from large, untreated clogs or the use of improper drain-cleaning chemicals, to simple old age.

If you notice any of these problems, you should have it inspected by a qualified plumber as soon as possible. Time is money, both in lost business opportunity and potential property damage. These are expenses you can avoid and prevent.

Plumbing professionals have tools at their disposal that can quickly take care of problems, such as plumbing snakes, pipe water jetting, high-pressure cleanings and industrial cleaning solutions that won’t damage the pipes.

Preventative care

If you can prevent issues rather than having to deal with them after they pop up, you’ll save yourself a lot of stress. Consider the following preventative measures:

  • Proper waste removal training. If you’re the owner of a restaurant, make sure that all of your employees are trained to not put any solid food waste or grease down the drains. Have grease containers handy at all times. Have workers scrape dishes clean before washing. If you’re the owner of office space, post up informational sheets in the bathrooms and kitchenettes going over what can and cannot be put down the drains or flushed down the toilets. Obviously, this can’t completely prevent all people from doing the wrong thing, but it can certainly make a difference.
  • Provide the correct materials. Since many drain chemicals will damage pipes and cause more problems than they solve, ensure that your property has the correct degreasing solutions readily available (ask a plumber if you have any questions about this). Also, provide things such as screens to be installed over kitchen drains so that even if an employee attempts to let food particles go down the drain, they’ll be caught.
  • Occasional hydro jetting. Hydro jetting is a service we offer that will completely clean out your pipes. We use high-pressure water to clear out clogs, grease or other materials that have built up on the walls of your plumbing. This is especially helpful for businesses such as restaurants, where pipes are much more susceptible to gunk buildup.
  • Camera inspections. If you notice a potential issue with your pipes, consider having a camera inspection A high-definition camera will be snaked through the plumbing, and any problems can be quickly diagnosed and dealt with without having to dig up anything. This saves money and can get issues fixed before they turn into major headaches.

If you’re ever in a tough spot, or just need some help assessing your commercial property’s plumbing needs, contact the professionals at Bieg Plumbing today. We have served the St. Louis area for over 60 years and have the expertise to diagnose issues and provide immediate solutions.

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Is Your Sump Pump Ready For Spring?

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Now that spring is in full effect and we’re receiving our fair share of rain showers, you should make sure that your sump pump is entirely operational. If you simply assume it’s working properly, you could be in for a serious and potentially costly situation.

Here is a quick Bieg Plumbing sump pump checklist. If it passes the test, you should be more than ready for the next thunderstorm.

Sump Pump Checklist:

  • Does the float rise? Sump pumps use a float mechanism to sense whether or not it should begin pumping water. The float mechanism is engaged when water reaches a certain level. To check to see if it is working, dump a few gallons of water into your sump pump’s pit and see if it fires up. If nothing happens, you will need to have a plumber inspect your system.
  • Is the screen clean? There is a screen located near the bottom of your pump that lets water flow. There could be gunk and other debris clogging this screen, restricting water flow. If you notice this, simply clean the screen and you should be good to go.
  • Does the check valve swing freely? The piping from the top of the sump pump has a check valve, which should swing freely without much force needed. If it’s jammed or otherwise not working correctly, you will likely need a replacement.
  • Has the circuit been tripped? Your pump should be connected to a power outlet that has a test function. If you find that it doesn’t seem like there is any power getting to the machine, check the outlet and reset it if necessary. Once reset, test the pump again by pouring water in the pit. It should now kick on and work as it should.
  • Do you have a battery back-up system? Another option, if you’d like to be safe for when the power is out, is to purchase a sump pump with a battery backup system. This helps for when a particularly nasty thunderstorm has both knocked out power and is flooding the basement. In these units, the batteries can sustain the pump during power outages for up to 10 hours. This could save you from severe damage. If you already have one of these systems, make sure to top off their batteries with distilled water this spring!

If you go through this checklist and still find that there is an issue, your unit could be suffering from serious mechanical failure. If you suspect mechanism failure, have a certified plumber inspect or replace it immediately. Trust us, you don’t want much downtime when it comes to your sump pump.

Now that you know what to look for, we’re sure that you’ll be able to spot any issues your sump pump might have before it is too late. If you need a pump installed or inspected, don’t hesitate to reach out to the professionals here at Bieg Plumbing.

We have been serving the St. Louis area for nearly 60 years and are synonymous with quality. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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