7 Common Sump Pump Problems And How To Fix Them

One of the most important components for your home is a sump pump. It’s responsible for removing any standing water from the lowest point in your house (usually near the foundation) before it can do damage to your carpets, furniture, and basement walls. But these pumps can experience issues that need to be corrected if they aren’t dealt with promptly. Find out what seven common problems are and how you can fix them today!

Wrong Size Sump Pump

If your sump pump is the wrong size for your home, it will have to work harder to do its job. This can lead to the pump wearing out more quickly, or even breaking down completely. If you’re not sure what size sump pump you need, ask a professional for help.

 Improper Pump Installation

If your sump pump is installed improperly, it can cause a number of problems. The most common problem is that the pump will not be able to properly drain the water from your basement. This can lead to flooding and water damage. Additionally, an improperly installed sump pump can also lead to the pump overheating and burning out.

Overworked Sump Pump

If your sump pump is working overtime, it could be a sign of a problem. The most common cause of an overworked sump pump is a clogged or damaged discharge pipe. This can cause the pump to run continuously, which can wear out the pump and shorten its lifespan. Another possible cause of an overworked sump pump is a high water table. This means that there is a lot of groundwater around your foundation, and the sump pit is constantly filled with water. This can also put strain on your pump and shorten its lifespan.

Clogged Sump Pump

If your sump pump is clogged, it won’t be able to do its job properly. There are a few things that can cause a sump pump to become clogged, such as debris in the water, a build-up of sediment, or even a blockage in the discharge pipe.

If you suspect that your sump pump is clogged, the first thing you should do is check the inlet screen. If there is debris or sediment blocking the screen, you can try cleaning it off with a garden hose or a plunger. If the screen is clear but the pump still isn’t working properly, you may need to disassemble the pump and clean out the impeller.

If your sump pump has a blockage in the discharge pipe, you’ll need to call a plumber to clear it. In some cases, the blockage may be caused by tree roots growing into the pipe. If this is the case, you’ll need to have the roots removed before they cause any further damage.

A Stuck Switch

If your sump pump switch is stuck, it may be due to a build-up of sediment or debris. To fix this problem, you will need to clean the switch assembly. First, disconnect the power to your sump pump. Next, remove the switch assembly from the sump pit and disassemble it. Clean all the parts with a soft brush and mild soap. Reassemble the switch assembly and reinstall it in the sump pit. Finally, reconnect the power to your sump pump.

A Clogged Discharge Line

If your sump pump’s discharge line is clogged, it won’t be able to properly pump water out of your basement. To fix this problem, you’ll need to clear the clog from the discharge line.

There are a few ways that you can do this. One way is to use a wet/dry vac to suction out the clog. Another way is to use a plunger to try and push the clog through. If neither of these methods work, you may need to disconnect the discharge line from the sump pump and use a snake or other tool to clear the clog.

Power Outages

If your power goes out, your sump pump will not work. This can lead to flooding in your basement or crawl space. To avoid this, you should have a backup power source for your sump pump. A battery backup sump pump will keep your sump pump working even if the power goes out.

If you don’t have a battery backup sump pump, you can still keep your sump pump working during a power outage. You can do this by using a generator to power your sump pump. If you don’t have a generator, you can use a garden hose to connect your sump pump to a water source outside of your home.

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If you have a sump pump in your Toronto home, it is important to have it installed, repaired and inspected by a professional plumber on a regular basis. Plumber To Your Door offers same day sump pump installation, repair and inspection services in Toronto and the GTA. 

We are available 24/7/365 to take your call and dispatch a licensed plumber to your door within 60 minutes. 

Our sump pump services include:

 – Installation of new sump pumps 

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 – Maintenance of sump pumps 

We also offer a wide range of other plumbing services including drain cleaning, water heater installation and repair, furnace maintenance, and more. Call us today to book an appointment or request a free quote.

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