San Clemente Sump Pump Installation & Repair Specialists

Sump pumps guard against water creeping into your basement or lower level and causing costly damage to your personal belongings and home’s foundation. This is why it’s critical to check your sump pump regularly by a certified plumber to make sure it’s still operating effectively.

Bill Metzger Plumbing’s sump pump experts can handle all of your following sump pump repair and replacement needs in Orange County, including:
  • Sump pump installation
  • Sump pump repair
  • Sump pump maintenance
  • Sump pit installation
  • Sump pump battery backup system

We understand how important it is to have your sump pump properly sized and installed so that it can handle any kind of moisture that comes your way. The team at Bill Metzger Plumbing will make sure your Orange County home’s sump pump is flawlessly installed and can withstand the demands of pumping water 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Components for Your Home’s Sump Pump

Modern sump pump components are standardized and consist of:
  • A plastic, metal, or concrete container forming a sump basin, approximately 2 feet (0.6 meters) across and 2 to 3 feet (0.6 to 1 meter) deep, 15 to 25 U.S. gallons (60- to 100-liter) capacity
  • A sump pump, either one-third or one-half horsepower (200 or 400 W), either battery or mains powered (or both)

Backup Components for your Orange County Sump Pump

A secondary, battery-powered sump pump can operate if the primary sump pump goes out. A battery-powered sump pump requires the following components in parallel with the others above:
  • A 12-volt battery sump pump with its water level sensor, piping, and check valve (the pipes usually join after the check valves to prevent reverse flow through the primary when the secondary unit is pumping).
  • It must be a marine deep cycle battery or a long-life standby battery. Standard automobile batteries are not suitable for this application. Auto batteries are designed to deliver a high current for a short period. Sump pumps need a smaller, smoother current for a much longer time.
  • A trickle-charge battery charger can alternately have a specialized controller to manage, monitor, and test that the battery is holding a charge.

Alternative sump pump systems can be driven by municipal water pressure. Water-powered sump pumps are similar to backup battery-driven systems with separate pump, float, and check valves. One can also use an ejector pump that uses an ordinary garden hose to supply high-pressure water and another garden hose to carry the water away. Although such an ejector pumps wastewater and is relatively inefficient, they have the advantage of having no moving parts and offer the utmost in reliability.

If the backup sump system is rarely used, a component failure may not be noticed, and the system may fail when needed. Some battery control units test the system periodically and alert on failed electrical components.

A simple, battery-powered water alarm can be hung a short distance below the top of the sump to sound an alarm should the water level rise too high.