Stress Less About Water in Your Basement With a Reliable Sump Pump

Are you concerned about water entering your basement or crawl spaces? We can’t say we blame you. Water in the home can lead to damaged floors and walls, as well as ruined furniture and belongings, and it can compromise the structural integrity of your home’s foundation too. To avoid major damage (and costly repair bills), we recommend purchasing a sump pump.

What Is a Sump Pump?

Generally speaking, a “sump” is a pit that collects water or some other type of liquid. A sump pump is a device that sits in a sump under your home, collects excess water, then pumps it back out to an area well away from the foundation. The main goal of a sump pump is to keep any underground portions of your home (namely, the basement) free of water, so that you avoid any potential water damage over time.

How Long Will My Sump Pump Last?

Most sump pumps will last around a decade, but this depends a lot on how your specific model functions in your home. The amount of work it has to put in will affect its longevity. If your basement is more prone to flood, then your sump pump will be turning on more often, and will thus face more wear. The cleanliness of the water can have a big impact on this too.

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What Can Go Wrong?

Some of the most common sump pump-related problems include:

 

  • Debris Buildup: Sometimes the pit itself can fill up with debris, which then gets into the pump and triggers damage and inefficiency.
  • Clogged Discharge Lines: Your sump pump system’s discharge line should have an air gap that allows water to escape if the pipes are frozen up or clogged. If this area gets clogged, your system won’t function like it’s supposed to.
  • Missing/Broken Check Valve: The check valve keeps water from entering back into your discharge pipe. Your sump pump works hard to push water multiple feet up and away from your basement, but a broken check valve leads to backflow, which puts more strain on the system as a whole.
  • Float Switch Stuck: The float switch is what senses rising water and alerts the sump pump to turn on. But if it’s stuck on or jammed, your device will simply continue to run, whether there’s water there or not, which increases the chances of experiencing damage and can decrease its lifespan.
  • Not Turning On: Is your sump pump not turning on when it should? There are a few possibilities as to why this might be. The float switch might be stuck in the “off” position, the pump may not be getting power (check your outlets), or it could be overheating (or burnt out). If you need some insight, give us a call, and we can look things over.
  • Overworked: Sometimes primary sump pumps are just simply overworked, causing them to break down prematurely. This is a big reason why having back-up sump pumps installed is such a must!
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Can I Install My Own Sump Pump?

Installing a sump pump is a big job. In fact, just digging the hole under your basement can be challenging enough, and that’s only the first step. And when it comes to the installation of the device itself, every little step needs to be done correctly, otherwise your expensive pump could face damage – and your home will still be vulnerable.

In the end, this isn’t a job we recommend for DIY, especially if you’re not well-versed in all of the technical jargon behind it. And if anything gets messed up, you’ll need to call a professional in anyway to correct the errors.

Get the job done right from the get-go by leaving it in the hands of our certified, licensed, and experienced experts.

Do I Need a Back-up?

Well, we would certainly suggest it! A back-up sump pump will give you that extra boost of peace of mind knowing that, should your primary sump pump fail or find itself unable to combat the influx of water you’re experiencing, your basement will still be kept safe. We’ve got lots of great models to explore, so reach out today to get the protection you deserve.

Our Techs Are Reliable, Honest & Here for You

Finding a team you can trust for all of your plumbing-related needs can feel daunting and next to impossible. Fortunately for folks living in Aurora, Naperville, or any of their surrounding areas, our techs are dedicated to offering the quality care you deserve. We’re certified, licensed, and maintain a strict Code of Ethics, so you know you’re getting the highest level of service possible.

Sound like a company you’d like to hire? Give us a call at 630-978-9696 to get started, or you can book online, and we’ll be in touch to confirm your appointment. Thanks for always counting on us!

There are times when a back-up sump pump may be needed. Ask our sump pump experts if your situation calls for one.