The humble sump pump is one of the most overlooked and underestimated components in modern plumbing systems. If you’ve ever had a flooded basement or crawl space, though, you already know that life without them can be difficult, at best.
Experts recommend checking your sump pump at least once a year to make sure it’s working as intended. That way, you can give us a call to schedule sump pump repair services before the next big storm or burst pipe leaves the lowest parts of your home flooded.
How Sump Pumps Work
Typically found in basements or crawl spaces, sump pumps are designed to collect any water that gets into them, whether it’s from flooding due to storms, burst pipes, or groundwater infiltration. They are located in sump basins, or small holes, and can be found at the lowest point.
When water collects on the floor or walls and drains into the sump basin, it will eventually trigger a float switch. This switch causes the sump pump to turn on. It will then remove the excess water to the outside of the home, typically depositing it in a storm drain or a dry well.
What Is the Most Common Reason for Sump Pump Failure?
When sump pumps fail, they leave any water that makes its way into the lowest reaches of homes collecting there. As the water levels rise, the moisture can damage any belongings kept in the area and, if left unchecked, can even cause structural damage to your home.
Sump pumps fail for all kinds of reasons, but the most common of them is a stuck switch. This occurs most often when sump pumps shift inside their basins, which causes the float operating the switch to become lodged against the side of the pump. In some cases, debris can also jam the float switch and prevent it from turning the pump on when water enters the basin.
While float switches leaving sump pumps stuck in the off position can be annoying, they’re relatively easy to fix. The same isn’t always true of other sump pump problems, but no matter what’s wrong, the experts at Master Tech Service Corp will be able to help. We’re often called out to fix:
- Check valve failures
- Power losses
- Motor damage
- Undersized pumps
- Casing failures
- Overheating pumps
- Discharge pipe failures
- And more
As long as you call before the next storm is on its way, we’ll have no problem getting your sump pump back in working order in time to protect your home’s basement or crawl space.
The Importance of Sump Pump Maintenance
Periodic sump pump inspections and maintenance can go a long way toward preventing system failures when big storms hit. When you schedule a professional maintenance visit, we’ll send out a plumber to check your float switch and make sure it’s unrestricted, reposition your sump pump in the basin if necessary, clean the vents on the sump pump, remove debris from your discharge line, and more.
Routine maintenance checks will also let us know if anything is amiss. We’ll perform a comprehensive inspection of the pump, basin, discharge line, and other essentials before completing the rest of our maintenance checks. If we notice any problems with worn or damaged parts, we’ll let you know after the inspection so that you can decide how to move forward before the pump needs to be put back into operation.
When to Repair vs. Replace a Sump Pump
If there’s something seriously wrong with your pump, you may want to consider having it replaced. However, in most cases, simple repairs are all you’ll need to get the sump pump up and running again. We only recommend replacing units that are:
- More than 10 years old
- Experiencing increasingly frequent failures
- Too small to meet demand
- Defective as a result of manufacturing failures
- Broken in a way that would cost more than half its value to fix
One of the benefits of working with us is that our team of plumbers is just as capable of performing a new sump pump installation as we are of repairing just about anything that can go wrong with your current unit. What that means is that you can rely on us to offer professional, unbiased advice about how to best protect both your home and your wallet.
Call Master Tech Service Corp for Sump Pump Repair Service
If you’re worried about your sump pump, don’t wait until the next big storm is on its way to take action. You can rely on the pros at Master Tech Service Corp to help. Just contact us online or call us to schedule an appointment today.