When a homeowner walks into their basement and sees water everywhere, the first thought they have is that their sump pump failed. This may be true, but it could also be a sign of another problem.
Irregular or no operation can indicate a malfunctioning float switch, clogged discharge pipe or pump motor. A professional will inspect all components and ensure the proper drainage of water away from the home.
A sump pump prevents short-term or long-term water damage by redirecting drainage. It also eliminates humidity that can wreak havoc on your basement, reducing mold and mildew problems in the living space.
Getting your Sump Pump Services can be done in just 1 day for skilled DIYers with the right tools and supplies. You’ll need to dig a hole large enough for the pump basin, and then place it. You’ll then add plumbing pipes to the pump and direct drainage elsewhere. This can be to a dry well, the municipal sewer system (with a professional’s help if you need to design a new outflow), or the street.
You’ll need to have access to or install a ground fault circuit interrupter outlet near the sump basin to power your pump. Then you’ll need to add vertical check valves to the piping. These stop water that’s been pumped up through the system from draining back down into the pump when the pump shuts off.
Sump pumps need to be inspected and maintained regularly in order to work properly. Professionals can inspect and fix the units to prevent expensive damages to the home. They can also check the location of the discharge line, which should be at least 20 feet away from the house. They can also ensure the unit is plugged in and that the float switch is functioning correctly.
If the pump is making a loud humming noise, it could indicate an issue with the check valve or a clog in the discharge pipe. In addition, the float switch may need to be replaced or the motor may need to be cleaned. The technician will drain the basin and remove any debris that has built up over time. They will also test the float switch by pouring water into the pit and checking that the switch rises, activating the pump to drain the basin. A battery backup pump can be added to the system during this service visit for additional protection.
Whether your home is in a flood zone or has a history of flooding, a sump pump can help minimize water damage. It can also protect finished basements from mold and mildew, reduce the risk of electrical fires and add to your property value.
Sump pumps should be tested regularly. If the float switch is stuck or the discharge pipe is displaced, it may be time to hire a plumber for repairs. Loud rattling noises usually indicate a sump motor that is either overworked or damaged.
Cleaning your sump pump is important for protecting your property and extending the life of the pump. A plumber can remove debris from the sump pit and clean it thoroughly, as well as wipe down the pump inlet screen. The technician can also clean the battery and test the backup alarm, if you have one. They can also replace the batteries if necessary. They can also flush the liner, removing silt and sediment, to prevent it from building in the future and clogging the check valves or other parts of the system.
Under normal usage and with proper maintenance, most sump pumps last about a decade. Eventually, however, they will need to be replaced. A qualified professional plumber should perform the task of installing a new pump, as it requires getting underneath your house to remove and replace the old one.
When a sump pump is in need of replacement, a few signs indicate the time to act:
The pump float switch may be stuck, causing it to constantly run and not effectively remove water from the area under your home. Debris in the pit can also cause float problems, so cleaning it regularly is important.
If the pump is running more frequently, it could be too small for your home. A professional can help you determine if a larger pump is needed.