A sump pump is a device that redirects groundwater to prevent flooding or water damage, especially for homes that are below the water table. Put simply, a sump pump activates when the collected water reaches a certain level, which it then pumps out to a drainage system. Because of its importance to your home’s infrastructure, it’s essential that a sump pump be in proper working order when you need it.
At Anytime Plumbing, we offer a host of plumbing services for sump pumps, including but not limited to, installation, repair, maintenance, and replacement. We offer same day service, 24 hours a day, for any sump pump issues in our service area, which covers most of Santa Cruz County.
Generally speaking, a sump pump shouldn’t have any issues if it’s tested occasionally or used frequently. However, they can become clogged with dirt, rocks, and debris over time, causing them operate at less than maximum efficiency or breakdown altogether. For these reasons, it’s important to test your sump pump on a semi-regular basis, particularly during rainy seasons.
Testing Your Sump Pump & Troubleshooting
An easy way to test your sump pump is to pour a couple of gallons of water (no more than 5) into the sump pit. The pump should activate quickly and pump the water to the appropriate drain. If anything other than this is what happens, it’s time to call a plumber.
Installation, replacement & repair
– The problems that can come with a faulty sump pump can become a big headache quickly. A leak or nonworking pump can leave standing water in the basement or under the foundation of the house, both of which signal costly repairs. Sump pumps can last quite a while, but there is no hard and fast rule as to when to replace them. Whether you have a pedestal or submersible pump, make sure it’s in proper working order before you need it!
– One way to guard against sump pump failure is by using a backup. A battery backup is the most common and is a great way to protect your home during a power outage, which often accompany a heavy storm. Since most pumps are fitted to the electrical system of the home, they can be rendered useless if you need them during power failure.
As with any type of device with a motor, other problems can arise too. Signs that you may need to call in a professional are if the motor is running, but the pump isn’t working; if it stops prematurely, or if it runs constantly without stopping.