Sump Pump Repairs
This summer season has brought lots of rain, leading many homeowners and businesses to rely upon effective sump pump repairs. Illinois plumbers help keep things running smoothly. Sump pumps are important, being placed typically in basements to help push water out and away from the home or other building. Sump pumps are one of those things many of us have in our homes, but we do not really think a lot about unless we need it and it is not working. Of course, when we need that sump pump to be working, we need it working now and do not want to have to wait for a plumber—even one who offers 24/7 emergency plumbing services—to get it working right again.
One thing to keep in mind that proper sump pump maintenance can help you avoid emergency plumbing repairs, if done regularly and properly. Most of the time, the sump pump is going to sit quietly in the basement. But, you need it to work at a moment’s notice when the rain starts falling or during the spring when snow starts melting. Carrying out maintenance on the sump pump will help keep it running strong when you need it and lower the overall total cost of ownership while preventing you from having to deal with flooding in the basement.
Professional plumbing contracts agree, it does not take a lot of time or money to properly maintain a sump pump. There are a handful of basic things that should check regularly.
The sump pump float is a main component that helps it work. As vital as the float is, it is also perhaps the most vulnerable. To understand why the sump pump float is so important, it helps to understand a bit how it works. As water rises around the sump pump, the float rises. When the float rises, it signals the pump to start pumping water out. When the water recedes or the pump has pumped out enough water to cause the water level to go down, then a signal is set to the sump pump to stop pumping. Here’s a simple test to make sure your float is working properly. Pour a bucket of water or two down into the pit to make the float rise and get the pump to start. It should pump out the water. Repeat the tests a few times to make sure it works. You might notice that the pump does not turn off or it does not turn on. Check to make sure the float is not having its movement hindered by rust, debris, or something else. You may have to adjust the float arm, clean up the area surrounding it, or even replace the arm and float.
One thing that is very simply but often overlooked is that the sump pit needs cleaned. Now, you do not need to empty out the entire pit, but you do want to clear out any debris. Do this a couple times a year. You can use a metal screen, perhaps even the same kind of nets used to clean out fish tanks. Keeping the pump pit clear of debris will help lengthen the life of your sump pump and prevent flooding.
The sump pump also includes something called a check valve. The check valve controls the flow of water out of the pit. During your tests of the sump pump float, if you notice that the pump starts but water does not leave the pit, it could mean that the check valve is not working properly.
If you pour water into the sump pit and, instead of triggering the pump and removing the water, water just returns to the pit, you probably need to replace the check valve. This might be that the check valve has gotten clogged and can be wipes off and fix the problem. However, you’re not going to end up repairing a check valve. Instead, if the check valve fails, it is best to just replace it.
Next, inspect and clean the sump pump impeller. As it is important to keep the sump pit clear of debris, there is always the chance that some dirt and debris will make it up into the sump pump itself. If things move past the sump pump screen, they will get sucked up and into the impeller, which could then jam the impeller. If this happens, the pump will fail to pump water out. Sometimes you can actually hear it trying to turn, but getting caught. To check on the impeller, first you need to unplug the sump pump from the power supply. Next, you need to disconnect the pipes leading to the pump and then remove the sump pump from the pit. You’ll need some tools to disassemble the sump pump and gain access to the pump’s impeller. Clean out the impeller area of anything that could be jamming up the pump.
If you do not even hear the sump pump trying to turn on during your testing, it is important to test the electricity. Make sure that the connections are solid and that there are no breaks in the line. If you see any cuts or tears in the electrical cord, it is probably time to replace the cord. In some instances, you can replace just the cord. In other cases, you may have to replace the motor, which the cord connects to. Patching an electrical cord with electrical tape could be dangerous, especially with a device that operates around the water. Of the cord looks good, be sure to check on the circuit breaker. Make sure that it is not hot to the touch and there is no sign of melting, which could be a sign of arcing. The electrical arc could be dangerous, a short leading to further issues with the fuse box. If it is just a tripped breaker, that is okay, as long as it does not continue tripping. If everything seems fine with the electric supply, test the socket with something else to make sure it is distributing power. If that is okay, it probably means the sump pump needs replaced.
If you are in need of a sump pump repair or sump pump replacement, bringing in a professional plumbing contractor in Illinois can be your best. Contact us for sump pump repair in Fox Lake, Algonquin, Grays Lake, or Crystal Lake, IL, please feel free to contact: