What are sump pumps, and why does every Chicago home need one?

Water is one of nature’s most unstoppable forces. Chicago homeowners deal with moisture incursion year-round thanks to powerful summer storms and melting winter snow. Here’s a look at what sump pumps are and why they are an essential part of your home here in Chicagoland.

For sump pump services—including replacement pumps and repair—contact our team. We offer free plumbing inspections here in Chicago’s South Side.

What are sump pumps? Generally installed in the basement at the lowest point in the home, these pumps help prevent flooding and water damage.What are sump pumps?

A basement sump pump sits at the lowest point of your house in a pit that fills as moisture enters the building. When the water level rises, a float switches it on, and the unit pumps the liquid out of your home through a discharge pipe.

Now you know how these devices work, here’s why you need one.

What do sump pumps do?

#1. Prevent basement flooding

Most flooded basements aren’t the result of catastrophic floods, as it only takes a large snow melt or damaged gutter to allow water to accumulate against your foundation. Without a sump pump, the moisture could eventually build up to the point where structural damage occurs.

#2. Reduce mold and mildew growth

Even if your basement doesn’t flood, the increased moisture can be the perfect breeding ground for harmful growths such as mold and mildew. Not only can these fungal blooms cause significant health problems, but they can also affect the resale value of your property if they’re detected during a home inspection.

#3. Increase your home’s desirability

If you’re thinking of selling your home in the near future, it’s a good idea to make it as desirable as possible. With Chicago’s year-round precipitation, a sump pump is something many homebuyers look for. Get a leg up on the competition by having us install one of our high-quality pumps before listing the property.

#4. Get alerted to flooding

Even if you have a fully functional sump pump, it’s possible for moisture to come in faster than the device can handle. While basic pumps can emit an audible alarm if the water level gets too high, more advanced models can send an alert to your smart phone to warn you that extra attention is needed. If you’re interested in upgrading to a new sump pump, call King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.

Do you need a plumber to install a sump pump?

Yes. Sump pumps are complex because they require the pump itself to be installed right, along with its pipes and drainage. As with any plumbing project in your home, the consequences—including extensive water damage and flooding—and potential cost of improper installation just aren’t worth the risk of treating this like a do-it-yourself project. Leave your sump pump installation to the experts.

How much does a sump pump generally cost?

This depends on the specific details individual to your home, as well as what pump needs to be installed. Generally speaking, homeowners nationwide pay between $2,500 and $6,000 for initial sump pump system installation. This includes the pipes, drainage, pump, and everything else. After that, if the pump fails in the future, it’ll cost around $500 to $1,300 to replace. In most cases, all the plumbing and drainage does not need to be replaced along with the pump.

If you need a new sump pump in your home, call us at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing to get an estimate from our team.

Do sump pumps need maintenance?

Yes. Given the sump pump’s importance to your home, regular maintenance is always a good idea. We recommend having a plumbing professional out to your home every year to inspect your sump pump ahead of winter. However, you can perform your own checkup even more often. For a complete review of what to look for, check out this article. However, here’s a quick overview:

  • Sump pumps should start automatically when they sense water. Pour some water on the pump to ensure that it gets going as expected.
  • Sump pumps generally work only when upright. In a basement, it’s easy for the pump to accidentally get knocked over, so make sure it’s in place.
  • Check the discharge pipe to make sure that it’s clear. Otherwise, the sump pump will have nowhere to, well, pump.

Again, if you have questions or you suspect something might be wrong with your sump pump, the time to call King is now. It’s far better to have us address sump pump issues before rain and snow arrive and your home desperately needs its sump pump to be running.

Call King for sump pump installation, repair, and other services

If you’re a Chicago homeowner, let King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing help you keep your basement dry all year. Take advantage of our 50 years of experience by scheduling your appointment for sump pump services today.

What are the signs of trustworthy HVAC companies?

Most people tend to go for the price or the age of the company when selecting an HVAC service provider. However, cost or age are not the only signs of trustworthy HVAC companies.There are actually a number of things you should look for when selecting a HVAC business.

In this blog post, we’ll review six qualities that all trustworthy HVAC companies share in common. We’ll also explain what makes our business fit those criteria, and why you should call us for your heating, cooling & plumbing needs.

Here are the 6 signs of trustworthy HVAC companies

Here are four important factors that you should consider when hiring an HVAC company. Thinking about these tips ahead of time will ensure that you hire the right professionals from trustworthy HVAC companies who won’t dupe you when it comes to maintenance and repair of the HVAC unit.

1. Most quotes / estimates cannot be given over the phone

You should be wary of HVAC companies that say they can provide you an estimate for a new air conditioner over the phone.

Even when it comes to repair or maintenance, a lot of factors need to be considered that can’t be seen over the phone. Some of these include: What is the condition of the ducts? Is the motor fan working properly? How dirty are the filters? What is the condition of the condenser coil? Is the thermostat working properly?

King is proud to be one of Chicago's most trustworthy HVAC companies. Call us for all your cooling, heating, and plumbing service needs.

King is proud to be one of Chicago’s most trustworthy HVAC companies. Call us for all your cooling, heating, and plumbing service needs.

Installation, however, is where you really need to draw a line in the sand and insist on a free in-home estimate. That’s because air conditioners and furnaces come in a variety of sizes and settings, and a good technician will measure your home to make sure you’re getting the system that’s right for you and your family’s comfort.

Shady HVAC repair companies will provide the lowest possible quote for the job without even carrying out an inspection. Without an upfront and honest quote, the bill at the end of the repair may come as a shock to you.

That’s not how we do things here at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. We provide upfront, honest pricing on all of our services, and we provide free in-home estimates on new air conditioners and furnaces.

2. Check with the Better Business Bureau

Another important tip is to search for the company on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) site. This website rates companies based on their online reputation. You should select a company with a good BBB rating. A company with a very good BBB rating—like King Heating—is more likely to be reliable and trustworthy.

3. Read online reviews

You should also read online reviews for the business to know about the reputation of a company. Online review sites such as Yelp, Angie’s List, SuperPages, and Yellow Pages contain reviews written by actual customers. Read the reviews and then use your judgment. This will also help you in selecting a trustworthy HVAC company.

Interested in seeing reviews for King? We have multiple customer reviews on Facebook, Google, and Yelp.

4. Choose based on reliability, not just cost

A common mistake people make is selecting the company that offers the lowest quote for a repair or replacement work. The company that quotes the cheapest price may not be the most trustworthy, or the best at what they do. Look for a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Do they stand by their work like King does?

When you need 24/7 cooling, heating, and plumbing service here in Chicago and Northwest Indiana, call our team at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.

When you need 24/7 cooling, heating, and plumbing service here in Chicago and Northwest Indiana, call our team at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.

You should be especially beware of companies that offer unusually low price. When it comes to price, if it’s too good to be true, it usually is. If you have doubts, call other companies and ask them if they’re willing to match that quote.

Something else to note: with our King Royal Treatment Plan, we offer our customers additional peace of mind and reliable service.

5. Certified technicians

Our HVAC technicians are NATE-certified professionals. NATE, or the North American Technician Excellence program, is the premier training and testing regimen in our industry. Only the best cooling and heating technicians are NATE-certified, which is why King puts ours through the program. We want our people to be ready to help with your home’s comfort needs—whether it’s for an emergency repair, a seasonal tune-up, or new system installation.

6. Dealer affiliation

We’re proud to be your Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer here in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. This means more than just installing the top Carrier air conditioners and furnaces. It means that our technicians and the equipment they use are certified by Carrier.

Call King for HVAC and plumbing services you can trust in Chicago and Northwest Indiana

If you want to get in touch with a reliable and experienced HVAC company in Chicago’s south suburbs and Northwest Indiana, contact King Heating Cooling and Plumbing. We have been serving these areas with complete dedication and integrity for decades.

You can reach us by phone at (708) 687-6898 or by contacting us online.