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The Scottish Plumber’s Tramco Flood Control Systems Will Give You the Peace of Mind You’ve Been Looking For
When it comes to Chicago flood control, the Tramco Pump Company is a local icon. Tramco has been building pumps for the Chicago market since the 1950’s and their systems are designed to handle the kind of conditions that only Chicago weather can bring.
Besides sump pumps, ejector pumps, and batter backup systems, the Tramco Pump Company also manufactures the 900 series of flood control systems. These systems can be installed inside or outside of the home, depending on homeowner preference and the configuration of the existing pipes. The Tramco 950 is typically installed in the front yard, while the 960 is installed in the basement floor. Each unit comes with a heavy-duty pump enclosed in an aluminum encasement, and the flow is controlled with a system of check valves. The Tramco flood control system keeps city sewers from backing up into your basement, while allowing waste to continue exiting your home.
Tramco systems are extremely reliable and Tramco, along with the Scottish Plumber, guarantee each system for 10 years with both parts and installation covered. And while most flood control systems require regular maintenance, such as cleaning the lines, and lubricating the check valves, the Tramco system is virtually maintenance-free.
For a free estimate on installing a Tramco flood control system or any other type of flood control such as our double-check valve system, sump pumps, ejector pumps, or battery backups, give us a call at 888-451-6137 or contact us here.
1. Make sure you have a working sump pump.
2. Make sure your sump pump pit is properly sized.
3. Clean out the bottom of the sump pump pit to prevent debris from entering the pump.
4. Install a battery back-up system to ensure that your sump pump continues working
during power loss.
5. Have your foundation inspected for cracks.
6. Have your drain tile inspected.
7. Convert to overhead sewer to prevent city sewers from backing up into your basement.
8. Install a double-check valve flood control system.
9. Install a Tramco flood control system.
10. Move somewhere where it doesn’t rain. Note: try the previous nine options first!
Here in Chicago we dread our winters. That’s why when the old man came and went with barely a whimper, we all let out a collective sigh of relief. No snowmaggedon this year!!!
But, that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods, weather-wise. The strange winter could be a harbinger of more weird weather to come. That means the potential for many torrential downpours, thunderstorms, and flash floods. And that’s not very good news for the aging municipal storm sewer systems all over Chicagoland.
In just the last two years, we’ve seen some of the worst flooding to ever hit Chicago. Last year’s July storms hit homeowners harder and flooded more basements than most of us had ever experienced. City sewers became filled to capacity and overflowed into people’s homes. To prevent the same from happening this year, be proactive.
If you’ve experienced basement flooding in the past, and you’ve done nothing to address the underlying cause, then you can expect more of the same. There are different reasons for basement flooding, but each one of them has a solution. You can find more information here on our flood control page or on our sump pump page.
This year, make the right decision, and have your home inspected by a flood control specialist. If you call The Scottish Plumber, the assessment is free, and we will present you with several options to help fit your needs and your budget. You won’t regret it, and you’ll finally be able to stop building that ark.
Search for Hidden Leaks by Smoke Test in Chicago and Suburbs
Are you experiencing sewer odor or rats? You may even have sewer gas or hidden leaks that you are unaware of. The culprit may be a cracked or broken sewer, or an otherwise damaged drain pipe. The Scottish Plumber can now help find problems and protect your system by using the most advanced and accurate testing system available.
Let The Scottish Plumber, a 2-time Super Service Award winner and “A” rated company on Angie’s List, help you find the problem with our new odorless, non-staining, non-toxic smoke system, which can identify the location of any leak in your drains pipes.
Here is how it works. By forcing smoke-filled air through a plumbing system using a special machine, leaks are quickly detected as smoke escapes through the problem areas.
Smoke testing has become a world-wide standard for finding leaks in sewer and plumbing systems. And since the smoke is perfectly safe, it has even been approved for use in schools.
According to a recent article in Angie’s List Magazine, 78% of homeowners surveyed did not know their broken or cracked sewers could be repaired or replaced without digging up their properties. 73% said they would be willing to pay more for such a repair if it meant that their decks, patios, gardens, or walkways could be saved.
The great news is that they can have their cake and eat it, too. The Scottish Plumber’s Trenchless Sewer Relining process can save both your yard and your money. Most procedures are less expensive than traditional excavation, and there’s no need for expensive landscape and hardscape restorations.
For more information on Trenchless Sewer Repair, visit the trenchless section of the Scottish Plumber website or read this article from Angie’s List Magazine.