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Sump Pump Repair 

Sump pumps are an incredibly useful thing to have, especially after a heavy rainstorm or flash flood when the chance for your basement or crawlspace to flood goes up dramatically. If you are in an area that is prone to flooding, or just want to have some peace of mind than a sump pump is a great thing to have around.

What is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is typically installed below the floor of basements and crawlspaces with the goal being collecting excess water and pumping it back towards the surface before it has a chance to cause damage to the interior of your home. Without a sump pump, rainwater can collect underneath your home and cause major damage to the foundation and flooring over time. The pump collects the water that would be stagnant and pushes it forcefully back to the surface. While there still may be some minor cleanup to do after a flood, the sump pump will be able to do most of the heavy lifting.

 

A sump pump is typically installed below the floor of basements and crawlspaces with the goal being collecting excess water and pumping it back towards the surface before it has a chance to cause damage to the interior of your home. Without a sump pump, rainwater can collect underneath your home and cause major damage to the foundation and flooring over time. The pump collects the water that would be stagnant and pushes it forcefully back to the surface. While there still may be some minor cleanup to do after a flood, the sump pump will be able to do most of the heavy lifting.

Testing a Sump Pump

A few times per year it is always a good idea to test your sump pump to make sure it is still functioning properly. To perform the test, simply dump 3 - 4 gallons of water into the pit in which the sump pump is housed. This should trigger the float which should turn the pump on and direct the water away. If the float sensor is submerged and the pump doesn’t turn on then it could be a problem with the sensor or the unit as a whole. Start troubleshooting by unplugging the unit and clearing any debris from the inside or around the pit that may be affecting the sensor. If that doesn’t work, you can disconnect the outflow pipe from the unit and check it for clogs. If you have tried both options and you are still experiencing issues it may be time to call in some professional help to either repair the unit or provide a recommendation for a replacement.

Maintaining a Sump Pump

Sump pumps are designed to be low maintenance, so 3 - 4 times a year we would recommend running through the checklist below to make sure your sump pump is operating in optimum condition.

Check the power cord and connection to make sure there is no corrosion or damage.

  • Look at the position of the pump and make sure it is sitting upright. During use, the pump can shift out of place because of vibrations coming from the motor.

  • Clean the grate found at the bottom of the sump pit as it can get clogged up with debris.

  • Check all the pipes surrounding your sump pump to ensure they are free of damage and watertight.

  • Run a test and look for any areas where the flow of water is slow, as this could indicate a clog.

Contact Us

If you are experiencing any of these issues with your sump pump, give Jolly Plumbing a call. We have over 60 years of experience in installing, maintaining, fixing, and emptying residential or industral sump pumps. We guarantee we can solve whatever sump pump issue you may be experiencing. When you are facing a sump pump problem it can really ruin your day. That’s why we make it a promise to get to you quickly and get you back up and running in no time. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call, even if you have questions about your toilet or sump pump, or any plumbing need you may have.