In 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.