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Why is Your Sump Pump Failing?

Has your sump pump been acting up, and you’re worried it could fail in an emergency? At Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we help local property owners get the most from their plumbing systems with our comprehensive services, which include sump pump repair and sump pump replacement. Many are unaware of the importance of their sump pump, and find out too late that there is a problem. Have you already encountered water damage, or are you afraid that your one flash flood away from disaster? Then read below for information that can help you understand why this essential device isn’t doing its job, so you can get things back on track fast.

Overdue for a Checkup

Imagine not visiting a doctor for years and expecting to be the epitome of health. It doesn’t work that way, does it? Your sump pump is no different. It’s not a set-it-and-forget-it kind of thing. If you’re not checking it regularly for blockages or running tests to ensure it's functioning, you're setting yourself up for problems. Regularly check for debris in the sump pit and perform periodic tests by pouring a bucket of water to trigger the pump. A simple weekend activity could save you a headache and costly damage.

Power Issues

Heavy rain is pouring outside, and suddenly, the power goes out. It's a situation that spells trouble for any sump pump. Without electrical power, your sump pump essentially becomes a non-functional piece of equipment. The solution is simple yet effective. Consider getting a battery backup. It ensures your pump continues to operate even if there's a power failure. Believe us, this is an investment that pays off.

The Clock's Ticking

Sump pumps, like all mechanical devices, have a lifespan. On average, they're built to last for about 10 years. If your sump pump is older than your most reliable kitchen appliance, it's likely time for a replacement. Over time, parts degrade and wear down, which decreases the pump's reliability.

A Fickle Switch

Think of the switch as the brain of your sump pump. If it’s messed up, the whole operation is a no-go. Sometimes a floating switch can get jammed or stuck, and your pump won’t activate when it needs to. Keep an eye on the switch, ensure it’s free from obstructions, and consider a switch with a guard to prevent malfunctions.

A Pump in Over Its Head

Maybe you bought a pump that wasn’t strong enough for heavy rain or you live in an area prone to flooding. If the pump is continually running and still can’t keep up, it's not up for the job. What to do in this scenario? Consider upgrading to a more powerful pump. It's wiser to err on the side of extra power than to risk a basement filled with water-related issues.

Fumbled Installation

Installing a sump pump isn’t rocket science, but it's not child’s play either. If not set up properly, it won’t perform as it should. Errors like incorrect positioning, lack of a check valve, or even using the wrong-sized discharge pipe could be the culprits. Consult a skilled plumber for installation. There’s no reason to gamble with water damage.

Faulty Parts

It might just be that one part within your sump pump is throwing a wrench in the works. Whether it’s a failed motor, a problematic impeller, or a leaky seal, one bad part can bring down the whole operation. Again, regular maintenance can catch these issues before they turn catastrophic.

Do You Need a Professional Plumbing Service for Your Sump Pump?

Most sump pump issues boil down to maintenance, power, age, or individual components. But the good news is, with some attention to detail and an occasional checkup, you can keep your sump pump humming along. If your sump pump is struggling or you're not confident in diagnosing the issue yourself, call the team at Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air. Our friendly staff can answer any questions you have and can also schedule an appointment for your next inspection, sump pump repair, or sump pump replacement.

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