Sump Pump Problems

There is never a convenient time to experience plumbing problems in your home, and that is especially true when your sump pump fails. As soon as sump pump problems arise, your basement may not have much time before it floods.

The sump pump plays a vital role that many homeowners take for granted. Your home is in its best condition because of your sump pump. Its purpose is to pump water through a discharge pipe and away from your home’s foundation. Your home is dry because of your sump pump.

When a sump pump fails, water cannot exit properly out of and away from your house. That will quickly result in a flooded basement which leads to water damage and the threat of mold growth. Before any of that can happen, you need to look for certain signs that could show a failing sump pump.

Sump pumps require electricity to run, which means a power loss can spell trouble. If a circuit breaker trips, or if the pump becomes unplugged, there won’t be anything to power your sump pump, meaning there won’t be anything left to keep your basement dry.

As the pump needs power, be sure that your pump has the right amount of power. If your pump is overworked or underpowered, it can be more prone to failure. That leads to making sure that your pump is the right size for the job. You need to be absolutely certain that your sump pump can handle high volumes of water, and if not, you might need over one pump.

Like most plumbing fixtures, a clog in your sump pump can restrict the flow and cause backups. A clog in the intake will prevent the sump pump from extracting water from the sump pit or the sump liner. A clog in the discharge line will stop the water from carrying water outside your home. Either situation can lead to colossal problems and expensive repairs.

This spring, don’t let heavy amounts of rainfall put too much pressure on your sump pump. To make sure that your sump pump is in working condition, or to install a new sump pump, call Sunrise Heating and Plumbing today at (616) 293-9326. We pride ourselves in providing nothing but exceptional customer service.