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What Is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is an underground pump that drains and removes water that collects into the sump basin to help prevent flooding. Commonly found in basements or spaces where you want to remove water, the pump switches on when the water reaches a certain height.

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5 Common Sump Pump Problems

Even though this pump can be a workhorse, it can develop problems with extended or hard use. The five most common issues you’ll run into with them include:

Wrong Size Pump

If your pump is too big, it’ll work much harder than it should, which causes unnecessary wear and tear. This can shorten your pump’s lifespan. If the pump is too small, the sump pump pit may fill with water too quickly, and the pump won’t keep up. This can cause a shorter lifespan and burnout.

Improper Installation

If your pump starts malfunctioning, improper sump pump installation may be to blame. For example, the motor runs, but it doesn’t pump water. This indicates your technician may have forgotten to install a check valve on the discharge line. Also, if the pump pit is in gravel or dirt, unwanted debris can get into the pump and clog it. A clogged pump can malfunction very fast.

Overworked Pump

If you’ve had heavy rains, your pump may struggle to keep up and be overwhelmed by the water volume. When this happens, it can malfunction or break down. For this problem, it’s better to upgrade to a more powerful system. You may also want multiple pumps to stay on top of the heavy rain.

Clogged System

One of the most common problems with these pumps is clogs. Having a lidless pump and not keeping up on maintenance can lead to more clogs as dirt and debris build up over time. A professional can repair or replace your pump if needed. Schedule regular repairs and maintenance with a professional to keep it in top condition.

Stuck Switch

Stuck, faulty, or restricted float switches can create issues for your sump pump. A stuck float can’t move or trigger the sensor, so your pump may not switch on. A clogged or tangled float switch is commonly to blame if the pump runs without rain or water.

Sump Pump Installation & Sump Pump Repair

Contact your local professionals if you’re looking for sump pump installation and repair. The installation process usually takes two days. Remember, if your sump pump malfunctions or fails, it could cause your space to flood because it’s not getting rid of the water as it should.

Types of Sump Pumps

Several types of sump pumps are available, but some are more popular than others. Below are the top three to consider installing in your home or business.

  • Battery-Backup Sump Pump – This submersible pump runs on batteries and works well as a backup system should your power go out.
  • Pedestal Sump Pumps – The motor sits above the pump with this design, making it easier to access. They’re great for low-flooding basements or if you’re on a budget.
  • Submersible Sump Pumps – You completely submerge this sump pump in the water. They’re more powerful and able to handle a high amount of water.

Sump Pump Service

If you want a sump pump installed or yours breaks down and requires repairs, contact Campbell Comfort Systems. We’re highly trained and available 24/7 for scheduled or emergency cases. Contact us with questions or book an appointment online before the rains come to prevent flooding.

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