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4 Common Sump Pump Killers

Sump Pump Failures

Any mechanical system you use consistently has a probability of malfunctioning. Any sump pump requires a power source; when that power source fails, the pump also does. For starters, improper installation can be the root cause of a failure or lack of performance. Also, depending on the level of quality. Brand and model types will change everything. Depending on how much you invest, to begin with, it can vary the character and overall performance.

How Sump Pumps Go Bad

  1. Pump/Switch Clogging

Clogged systems are standard in a basement setting. These pumps often don’t have lids, causing dirt and debris to get inside over time. Here are the various ways backups may occur.

  • Sump Pit filled with debris or dirt.
  • The pump’s mechanical parts clogged. (Usually when the pump sits at the bottom of the pit).
  • Float switch jamming
  • Cheaper systems can get stuck in the “on” position.

2. Frozen/Clogged Discharge Lines

The discharge line collects all unused water and pushes it out of one area. In some situations, this line can freeze up or clog, causing the entire system to fail. Designed to take water and transport it away from the house’s foundation, this must stay clear for obvious reasons. 

Solution: Ensuring your pump’s discharge line can’t freeze and stays clear. Using specific heating add-ons to warm the discharge line will ensure it stays at the correct temperature. Installers can overlook insulation in this area of your home, but it can bring significant consequences. On the output of your line, you’ll want to install a guard that prevents debris, rodents, and anything else from finding its way inside.

3. No Power to Sump Pump

It seems like a minor issue, but if you lose power in the worst of times, it can become a massive headache. During storms or miscellaneous power outages, if you aren’t running a backup power source, your basement can become a disaster.

Solution: A higher capacity battery operated sump pump will leave your worries in the dust. Talk to a professional plumber to figure out the options at bay.

4. The Pump is ALWAYS Running

Depending on the issue, sump pumps can remain in the ON mode at all times. Getting to the bottom of the problem is important because once your system gets burned out, you have no choice to replace it. A couple of common reasons the sump pump may continue to run:

  • Switch stuck in on position due to vibration or cheap construction.
  • The sump Pump or liner is too small or big for the designated space.
  • Missing or Broken Check Valve
  • Sump Pit has continuous flooding.

Solution: Have a technician inspect your system before it fails during times like a storm or other catastrophic events

To wrap things up, general maintenance or inspection of your sump pump can be an insane upgrade to your life. If you ignore this mechanical system and its importance, you might end up spending a ton for home restoration. The foundation, as it may sound, is crucial to the well-being of your home. The problems can range pretty widely on a sump pump, so it’s best to add it to a routine inspection list. You won’t regret anything unless your pump fails you catastrophically. 

Want some more information on sump pumps, or interested in how they work? Check out the video below!


Why Sewer Line Replacement Could Save You a Costly Plumbing Job

Sewer line repair or replacement doesn’t seem to make homeowners happy. For a good reason too. It can be a very costly job that leaves you unable to fix the issue or spend thousands to fix a water infrastructure issue. As a restoration company, we make our money primarily through other’s mistakes or negligence against maintenance. With integrity being one of our primary missions as a company, we still want to provide information to our customers to save them money in the long term. Correct information means being upfront about any issues a client may have and not attempting to raise the price of an easy job that isn’t justified. I’ve dealt with and unfortunately worked for companies who encouraged this behavior, and I don’t tolerate it. That’s why I’ve made it my mission to restore some order via the web to ensure homeowners aren’t getting cheated out of their hard-earned money.

We’ve been a part of countless jobs that cause water damage on a massive level.

To provide the most value, I put together a list of things you can do to prevent unneeded repairs or replacements in the future.

Check External Drains Yearly

This will ensure that damage or blockage of drains becomes apparent early, and prevents a bigger problem.

How to check your external drains, you will need to locate them first. Usually, there is a grated style system leading to the drain. Sometimes this can get plugged with leaves or other natural debris. You won’t always need professional or special tools to get this cleared out yourself if the issue persists after attempting to remove the trash. The problem usually lies within the line right beneath it. Sometimes surface clogs can be done by hand, but depending on your tool availability or experience, it’s best to call a professional for bigger issues like this.

If you have a septic tank, you should also make sure it is inspected and pumped every three to five years. Preventing costly problems down the line if neglected.

Sump Pump

Installation of Sump Pumps

Sump Pump

Installing one of these sump pumps will siphon the excess water from your house and remove it. Also, it will reduce the time your household is susceptible to sewage and water in case a backup were to occur.

Back-Flow Valves

Back-Flow Valve

One of the most important things to consider installing is a back-flow valve within your primary sewage connection. This will activate and prevent any further water in the event of a backup, saving you thousands in water damage possibility.

It may seem trivial and not worth the extra time or money to get one of these if you don’t already have one. I will tell you most issues that Plumbing Durango tells me about could have been prevented with a simple fix such as a back-flow valve. I guess you could save back-flow valves are like life insurance. You don’t need it until you need it. Here at Metzker, we highly recommend them to our clients. Without even installing them personally, there is no stake in this game of selling our clients on an extra service. We like to be as transparent as possible. If you are interested in getting one of these installed, we typically send them to our only and most trusted companies plumbing Durango.

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