Sump Pumps Wausau
Your sump pump is a vital component of your home’s plumbing system. It keeps your basement or crawl space from flooding. If there is water in low points of your house, it pumps the water away from the house to other areas such as a city drain or dry well. Without a well-functioning one, your basement may flood and you could be faced with costly structural repairs.
Reasons Your Sump Pump May Fail
Your sump pump isn’t necessary until an emergency flooding situation occurs; and when it does, you need to make sure it works. Some reasons it may fail to do its job include:
- Power outage: power failures often mean that your sump pump won’t be able to work to remove excess water
- A stuck switch: if the pump shifts inside the basin or if there is debris stuck inside, the switch may become lodged
- Wrong size or type: if there’s too much water for your type of sump pump to handle
- Issues with discharge pipe: if the discharge pipe is clogged with dirt or is frozen, water will simply flow back down into your basement
- Lack of maintenance: If you go too long without getting it professionally cleaned and maintained, there may be problems that you’re unaware of that become worse over time
- No air relief hole: a hole should be drilled between the pump and check valve so that air pressure won’t build up in the discharge pipe. Without that hole, pressure will build up and the sump pump will have to work extremely hard, posing a risk for sudden or premature failure
Signs Your Sump Pump Isn’t Working
Ensuring your sump pump is in pristine condition so it can work when it needs to is important. Some signs you should watch out for that mean it needs repairs or a replacement include:
- Constant cycling: sump pumps turn on when thereis excess water that needs to be pumped out, and turn off when there isn’t. If it works even when there’s no water, or stops working when there is, there’s most likely a problem.
- Noises: a sump pump isn’t completely quiet when it works, but shouldn’t be making loud noises either. If you hear strange sounds like rattling or grinding, it’s a sign you should get it looked at.
- Tripped circuits: your sump pump shouldn’t be causing tripped circuits when it starts to work. If it does, there is most likely an issue that needs to be looked at.
What Should I Do if my Sump Pump Stops Working?
If your sump pump isn’t working and there is excess water on your basement floor or crawlspace, the first thing to do is remove as much of the standing water as possible using a wet vacuum or water pump. You should then contact a trusted plumbing company near you.
You may not know the value or importance of your sump pump until it fails to work, so it’s vital to take action immediately if you realize it’s failing. An experienced plumbing professional will be able to determine if you need a repair or replacement.
Contact Us Today
Our experienced and knowledgeable plumbers can be trusted to repair, replace, or install a sump pump in your home. If installed incorrectly, it can cause additional issues, which is why it’s important to pick a company you can trust. PGA Inc. is responsive, professional, and always gets the job done right the first time.
Our licensed master plumbers can attend to your residential sump pump needs in a timely manner. Whether it’s a repair, replacement, installation, call us today or fill out a form online to schedule your service!