The purchase of a high quality sump pump will provide your home with many years of protection when properly maintained. Because the sump pump only runs when needed, and may not be for weeks, or even months at a time. Unfortunately for many homeowners, the first sign of a problem is when flooding occurs. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg can provide the sump pump replacement you need. The following tips will ensure the sump pump functions when you need it:
Routine testing of the sump pump is the best means of ensuring proper performance. Homeowner’s often test in the fall, or before the rainy season for their location. Others prefer to add the test to their other monthly or quarterly task list, along with changing the HVAC filter, and testing the smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors. The test is simple enough. First, ensure the pump is plugged up, and slowly pour a bucket of water into the sump pit, enough to raise the float, which initiates the pump to run.
Ensure the pump is plugged into an outlet. The pump cannot operate if it is not receiving power. Children or pets running in the basement can unplug the pump, so check it anyway. It is also possible rodents have chewed the cord, causing a short. If the cord is intact and the pump still will not work, check the breaker, and turn it on if it has tripped. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg can provide the repair you need.
A clogged sump pump can occur due to leaves and other debris in the sump pit. Clean the sump pit every few months to prevent clogging and potential damage to the pump. Permanent damage may occur if the pump continues to operate when clogged.
Inefficient pumping with a longer run time may mean the pump is too small for your home’s needs. When a sump pump goes out, well-meaning homeowner’s will sometimes purchase the lowest cost pump available. The pump often is smaller than the original, and ineffective for their needs. The result is a pump that is unable to handle the volume of water involved, and unable to pump it the distance required. The pump runs continuously, and in some cases, the water continues to rise.
A licensed plumber utilizes a specific methodology of determining the size and type of sump pump your home requires. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg can provide a professional installation of the sump pump your home requires.
When the pump will not run or runs continuously, you may have a stuck float. As the water collects in the sump pit, the float will rise with the water level in the pit, initiating the pump to run. A float can become stuck, not allowing the pump to cut on, or if stuck in the raised position, the pump will run continuously.
Noisy operation may indicate the motor is worn. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg can determine the cause and provide a solution.
Because a sump pump protects your basement against flooding, and the resulting risk of mold and mildew, it is essential to have a functional pump in place when flooding occurs. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg provide sump pump maintenance, sump pump repair, sump pump replacement, and sump pump installation. We serve Katy, Sugar Land, Houston, and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.