You can almost count on needing to carry out sump pump repairs at the most inopportune times. You’re not going to be sitting around just categorizing your tools on some lazy Saturday when your sump pump goes out. No, you’re going to need sump pump repairs at 2 o’clock in the morning on a Thursday during a big storm. It never fails.
We get some pretty wicked flooding up here in northern Illinois. Whether you’re in Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Huntley, McHenry, McHenry County, Lake County, Kane County, or Northern Cook County, you’ve seen how the water rises as the weather warms and snow starts to melt. This is perhaps when we see the highest number of failed sump pumps. The worst part, of course, is that as many plumbers as there may be in the area, the number of failed sump pumps usually outweighs us by at least ten to one.
Here at Crystal Lake Plumber, we do everything we can to help you with your plumbing needs as quickly as possible. We even offer emergency plumbing services, so we’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you’d like to try and tackle your own sump pump repairs, it’s nothing that’s all too hard for someone with a little bit of handy experience to do. One of the easiest—and most common—problems to run across requiring sump pump repairs are related to the sump pump float. Coming off the side of the sump pump is an arm with an attached float. As the water rises, it pushes the float upward, which lifts that arm, and this is how the sump pump detects the water level and knows when to turn on.
The two main problems you’re going to see here is when the arm as debris around and on it, preventing it from raising or when you have an old sump pump where the arm has actually degraded to such an extent that it has broken. Another common series of sump pump repairs are related to the check valve. The check valves are non-return or siphon valves that keep water flowing in the right direction of the sump pumps. If you notice the sump pump is trying to pump water out, but it just doesn’t have the force it used to, this is usually a good place to check. More often than not, a check valve will fail completely rather than partially, which means you will see no water flowing. Having seen enough people attempt their own sump pump repairs, know this: you don’t fix check valves, you replace them.
Sump pump repairs often lead us to discover electrical issues.
This might be something simple, like the sump pump has come unplugged or the circuit for the outlet has tripped. It could also be more complex wherein the electrical fault is located somewhere within the sump pump itself.To detect where exactly this problem is, it usually requires some testing with a multi-meter.
If your sump pump repairs need that extra knowledge and experience of a professional plumbing contractor, be sure to contact us here at Crystal Lake Plumber. We’re here to help you any time of the day or night.