Exploring Common Sump Pump Problems (And How To Solve Them): Part 2

sump pump installationIn the last post, we discussed some of the most common problems homeowners experience with their sump pumps. However, having a full understanding of the range of problems that can occur from lack of maintenance is the key to maximizing the lifespan of your sump pump. Here’s part two of our guide that will explore some more frequently experienced sump pump problems and how to avoid them.

Improper Sump Pump Installation

Making sure you’ve properly installed your sump pump is of the utmost importance. That’s why most people hire residential plumbing services to make sure the job is done just right and according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Improper sump pump installation can lead to a myriad of issues. For example, many manufacturers require the installation of a check valve on the sump pump’s discharge line. If this is done incorrectly or not at all, the back-flow of water may result in the pump impeller rotating in a backward motion and coming loose from the motor shaft.

Another common issue related to sump pump installation is installing it in the wrong location. The sump pump pit should never be set in gravel or dirt, as this can cause excess debris to enter the pump and interfere with its power switch or float arm.

Discharge Line Clogs

Finally, having a clogged or frozen discharge line can cause the entire system to stop working. The water needs a clear exit path, and it can easily clog up with ice, sticks, dirt, rocks, and other debris. Make sure to protect your system’s discharge pipe where the water exits; this will optimize sump pump operating conditions. Similarly, make sure the exit pipe doesn’t become blocked or frozen with ice or snow.

Ultimately, proper maintenance and installation is the key to avoiding most of these common sump pump problems. With proper maintenance, however, they can work effectively for years. Most tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of more than 20 years, and sump pumps last an average of 10 years with routine maintenance. For more information about plumbing repair, contact HJ Pertzborn Plumbing and Fire Protection.

Exploring Common Sump Pump Problems (And How To Solve Them): Part 1

residential plumbing servicesThe US Department of Housing and Development estimates the average life expectancy for a sump pump to be about 10 years. However, there are many factors that can affect this lifespan, one of which involves proper maintenance — or lack thereof. Sump pumps can fail for a multitude of reasons, and taking a few precautions and educating yourself about your sump pump can help to maximize its lifespan and prevent serious issues. Here’s part one of our homeowner’s guide that will address some of the most common sump pump problems and how to prevent them.

Wrong Size

It’s important to correctly estimate the size of sump pump you’ll need to keep up with your home’s plumbing needs. Unfortunately, many homeowners make the mistake of getting a pump that’s too large because they think it’s necessary. But it’s actually larger sump pumps that cause issues because they have to work harder and will have a shorter product lifespan. A sump pump that’s too small for your home can also have issues, as it may not be able to sufficiently pump out the water. Most of the time, however, a smaller sump pump is just as effective as a big one. If you’re uncertain about the sump pump size your home needs, it’s always best to consult professional residential plumbing services for sump pump installation assistance.

Improper Maintenance

Any appliance will fail eventually with prolonged lack of maintenance, and sump pumps are no exception. That’s why it’s important to carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions for maintenance — some recommend running the pump every two to three months, while others recommend a yearly regimen completed before the rainy season starts. Other common maintenance procedures include replacing the battery on the backup pump, checking for proper operation of the float to make sure it’s not restricted, cleaning out the air hole located in the discharge line, and listening for unusual noises that may indicate further issues. As always, contact plumbing companies or a plumbing contractor if you feel as though anything is abnormal.

Ultimately, understanding how to prevent these common sump pump problems and hiring residential plumbing services for maintenance assistance can help you maximize the longevity of your plumbing system’s lifespan. Keep an eye out for the next post, where we’ll discuss some more common sump pump problems and how to avoid them.

3 Red Flags That Indicate It’s Time To Hire A Plumber

plumberOf all types of home issues, plumbing problems seem to be some of the worst. Water leaks can wreak havoc on a home and cause irreparable damage. They can also raise the cost of home utility bills. In fact, fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10% on their water bills. Of course, staying proactive and looking for signs of plumbing distress is the best way to avoid a problem before it arises. Here are just a few red flags that indicate that it may be time to hire a plumber.
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