Sump Pump Replacement

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Sump pumps are a necessity, especially for homes located in flooding zones or areas prone to heavy rains. In fact, 98% of homes will experience water damage at some point. If you don’t want to be a part of that percentage that ends up with serious damage from too much water accumulating in your house, maintaining a clean and functional sump pump is key. All-Star Plumbing can help you prepare your home by repairing or replacing your sump pump.

What is a sump pump?

A sump pump transports excess water out of areas in your home that are more likely to be flooded, such as the basement. When the pump detects too much water, it will automatically begin pumping it out and away from the home.

What causes sump pump problems?

Although a sump pump might not be something you use every day, it’s essential to make sure you’re keeping up with the maintenance on it. Not following basic upkeep procedures can drastically shorten its life, costing you more money in the long run. Some of the leading causes of sump pump malfunction are faulty parts or incorrect installation, so checking these regularly is a valuable tip. Additionally, if the sump pump becomes too old, it can stop functioning correctly.

What are some signs that you have a problem with your sump pump?

The main indication that you’re having a problem is if it begins making loud noises that you can hear outside of the area where it’s placed. Other signs that something isn’t right with your pump are:

  • The switches aren’t working correctly –  A stuck or fault switch is one of the most common causes of a malfunctioning sump pump.
  • Debris accumulation in the basin can prevent free movement of the float that triggers the switch during a water incident.
  • Overworked due to improper installation causing it to run too often or when excess water overwhelms the horsepower of the unit.
  • Power supply problems can happen during flooding or storms. If this happens often, a generator or power supply may be required.
  • Trouble with discharge lines due to a clogged pipe from rocks, rodents, dirt, roots, or from not having a lid on the pump and letting dirt accumulate on it.
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    When should you replace your sump pump?

    The two most common indicators that it’s time to replace your sump pump are:

    • If the loud noises coming from your pump can be heard throughout your home for a significant period
    • The unit doesn’t shut off after the water is pumped away from the wet area or constantly runs. 

    If you notice that either of these things begin to happen with your sump pump, you should take action and replace it immediately.

    The life space for a sump pump is around ten years of use. The parts in them begin to wear down, causing them to malfunction easier. Additionally, if you don’t use your sump pump frequently, it can cause it to wear down faster. Think of it like a car battery; the more you use it, the better off you’ll be.

    Repairing your sump pump is practical when minor problems happen or individual parts start to malfunction. However, when the issues become more severe, it’s time to replace it. To avoid having basement flooding or water damage in your home from a broken sump pump, contact All-Star Plumbing. We’re here to help!

    Got a plumbing problem? Contact us by text or call our office at 707-200-8865, or visit our contact page to request an inspection.