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03 Feb

Common Sump Pump Problems And Their Causes

sump-pump-problemsSumps pumps have long been considered as common fixtures in homes, especially in those places where the speedy melting of snow result to flooded basements. According to research, a vast majority of households in the United States already have sump pumps nowadays primarily because of the US Federal Clean Water Act in 1987. This bill states that even if homes are not necessarily vulnerable to floods, they still must have the said device installed.

Now what’s great about sump pumps is that they do not only prevent flooding but also avoid water damage or underground wetness.  This means that small leaks and even moisture that often cause the growth of molds in the basement are prevented. However, it is worth noting that sump pumps should be installed properly and maintained regularly. Otherwise, they will not function efficiently thus cause all sorts of issues for homeowners to deal with. Among the most common problems that you should watch out for are listed below. Check them out!

1. Inadequate Sizing

Before installation, make sure that you’ll choose a sump pump that’s appropriately sized for your needs. If it’s too small, it may efficiently pump the water out and sooner or later malfunction. If it’s too big, it may be forced to work harder thus shorten its lifespan.

2. Improper Installation

Even if you’re good at DIY plumbing, we recommend hiring a professional plumbing technician to install your sump pump for you. The manufacturer’s set up instructions must be followed while at the same time, the installation should adhere to your local building codes.

3. Power Failure

To avoid inconveniences during storms or power outages, the sump pump must have working back-up batteries or hooked to a back-up generator. Also remember that this device is vulnerable to damage caused by power surges. To avoid problems, have an electrician install a service entrance surge protection device in your property.

4. Clogged Discharge Lines

Sump pumps are also affected by clogs. If the discharge lines are all blocked up, water won’t be able to exit your property. Make sure that the lines are not clogged by debris, rocks and sticks. Also ensure that they are not frozen.

5. Switch Issues

For sump pumps to work, they rely on the float mechanism and switch. If you notice that the pump isn’t turning on, call a reliable plumber to have it inspected and repaired.

6. Lack of Maintenance

Just like other plumbing appliances and components that you have at home, sump pumps should also be maintained regularly. Check the float and ensure that nothing is restricting it to guarantee that it will turn on once needed. Test the primary and back-up pumps (if you have one). Remember to clean the air hole of the discharge line to ensure smooth operation. Replace your pump’s batteries every couple of years. If you ever hear any kind of unusual sound coming from the device or if the motor is on but doesn’t pump water, don’t hesitate to call a plumber.

7. Product Factory Defects

Product defects should not be taken lightly. There are instances when a new device still turns out defective. To ensure that yours is in great condition, let the plumbing professional test it upon installation.

We hope that you learned all about the different sump pump problems you should watch out. If you’re faced with this issue, call Plumbers 911 Washington DC. We’ll surely refer to you the best plumber in Arlington that provides reliable sump pump repair in Arlington, leak detection in Arlington, septic tank cleaning in Arlington, backflow testing in Arlington and many more! Call us at (877) 932-5325 to schedule a service!

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