Understanding Sump Pump Issues
Your sump pump is a crucial part of your home’s plumbing system. Not only does it remove water when necessary, but it also protects your belongings from flood damage —- so long as it’s working.
Here are some things to look for that mean your sump pump may need repair.
Strange Sounds or Smells
Your sump pump is always dealing with water, so it’s not unlikely that mold or mildew will grow over time. The easiest fix for this is to maintain your sump pump with occasional cleanings. If the smell continues even after cleaning, it’s time to call a plumber. It may signal an issue with draining, and the whole system may need to be examined.
Your sump pump will never be silent, but unusual noises or loud noises should be looked at closer. If you can hear your sump pump working from another room, it’s probably too loud.
Loud noises usually mean mechanical components are loose or malfunctioning, so a plumber should inspect the machine as soon as possible.
Not Draining Properly
Just like other drains in your home, sump pumps can get clogged. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to test for proper functioning. Dump a large bucket of water into the pump and watch it do its thing. If the water doesn’t go down (or you discover any of the other problems listed), there is a problem.
Clogs can come from dirt, debris, or old parts. An airtight lid is a simple upgrade that can help keep your pump from accumulating these materials.
The Age Factor
Sump pumps will eventually reach the end of their useful life. If you live in an area that floods frequently, this may be sooner than houses that are at less of a flood risk. But there are other factors at play, like how you’ve maintained your pump, its quality, and repairs.
The Sump Pump Experts
For all your sump pump needs, turn to the team at Ostrom Electrical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve been a resource for Virginia families for over two decades. Call us today at (540) 253-1559 to schedule an appointment.