Your sump pump moves water away from your basement to keep your lower living area, laundry room and storage space safe and dry. It’s effective after heavy rainstorms and ice melts when high levels of moisture can threaten to leak in through your home’s foundation.
If your sump pump malfunctions, the basin it’s housed in can overflow and flood your basement. Obviously, basement flooding is a very unfortunate–and costly problem, which is why it’s so important to keep your sump pump functioning correctly. If you suspect something’s wrong with your sump pump, the experts at Applewood are ready to help.
Check out the video below to learn how to test your sump pump. Follow the tips within to make sure your sump pump is working correctly. If you’re still having problems, Applewood’s licensed plumbers provide fast and reliable sump pump replacement and repair in Denver, Boulder and Longmont.
What is A Sump Pump?
A sump pump is a small appliance that pumps moisture away from your home’s foundation. Sometimes known as a “flooded basement pump,” a sump pump keeps your basement dry and prevents mold and mildew from forming. During the melt season in Colorado, or after strong summer storms when the soil around your home becomes saturated, a sump pump can be a life saver.
To install a sump pump, we create a sump pit beneath your home’s foundation and nest the pump within. The pump remains on standby until your sump pit begins to fill with rain or meltwater. When the float switch for your sump pump senses moisture, it activates and pumps the water into a drain and away from your floor. Because a sump pump uses electricity, we recommend having a battery backup in the event your power gets knocked out during a storm.
What Causes Sump Pump Failure?
Your sump pump could fail to perform its function for several reasons. These are the most common reasons why sump pumps fail:
- The sump pump isn’t the right size for the home’s needs.
- The sump pump wasn’t installed properly in the first place.
- There’s a problem with the sump pump’s switch. This can happen if your sump pump gets bumped out of its proper position and the float is unable to do its job.
- The pump hasn’t been maintained properly. Most manufacturers recommend running your sump pump every two to three months. Regular maintenance helps you spot small problems before they become big problems.
Learning how to identify these common problems will help you know when it’s time to call the pros. If you can’t tell what’s wrong with your sump pump, don’t worry! Applewood’s experts can figure out your sump pump problem and tell you how we can fix it.
What to Do If Your Sump Pump Overflows
An overflow in your basement can be unsettling. Fortunately, Applewood’s licensed plumbers are available from morning until night seven days a week. Your best bet in the event of sump pump flooding is to call us for fast service on emergency sump pump repair.
Here are five things you can do to diagnose and remedy an overflowing sump pump in your home before you call a sump pump plumber:
- Check the power supply. Your pump may have tripped a circuit, check your electrical panel. If this happens frequently, a licensed Applewood electrician can determine if the wiring is sufficient.
- Unclog the lines. Dirt in summer and ice in winter can clog your lines. Flush them following the instructions for your model and consider installing a filter.
- Reset. Simply unplug your sump pump, wait a minute and restart.
- Check the float switch. Make sure your float switch can move freely. Inspect for cracks or damage. It may need to be replaced.
- Clean weep hole. The weep hole is a small vent on your discharge pipe. It allows air to vent while discharging the water. If this becomes clogged, it could back things up.
How Does Applewood Sump Pump Repair or Replacement Work?
Who fixes sump pumps near me? Applewood does! Our team of licensed technicians are specially trained and fully licensed for professional sump pump repair Colorado can depend on.
We know how stressful a pump overflowing in your basement can be. When you call Applewood we work hard to bring you fast results. Our team will assess your sump pump and recommend the best course of action. We never proceed with repairs until you understand and agree to the repair plan.
With your approval, we’ll guide you through our sump pump repair or replacement process step by step. You’ll know exactly what we’re doing and why it’s the best way to fix your particular sump pump problem. Our goal is for you to keep choosing Applewood for all of your plumbing needs! We’ll make that happen with transparency, quality work, and customer service.
Sump Pump Repair and Replacement Denver and Boulder Can Count On
Applewood offers sump pump plumbing services during our extended hours from 6am to 10pm, 7 days a week. We’re ready to serve you when you need us with our 96% on-time service record.
Over 300,000 customers continue to choose Applewood for all of their plumbing, heating and electric needs. If you have an old sump pump that needs some attention or are looking to keep your basement dry with a new installation, we look forward to working with you!