How to Repair a Sump Pump

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The sump is a common area where liquids collect. For instance, you may have one in your vehicle for collecting oil. In the same way, many homes have a small pit dug into the ground in the basement to collect water that filters through loose soil beneath the foundation. Using a network of pipes, a sump pump detects and pumps moisture out of the sump. Sumps are typically 18 inches deep and 2 feet wide. A floating switch activates the pump when the water reaches a certain level and completes an electrical circuit. Using one-way check valves, this system prevents water from flowing back into the pit. 

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A guide to repair your sump pump 

People tend to put off various household maintenance, but putting off your sump pump repair is not the best choice. If you want to avoid flooding in your basement or office while also saving time and money, we strongly advise you to read our post and address the problem as soon as possible. This blog will go over some fundamental troubleshooting techniques in case your sump pump fails.

  1. Examine the Float

A sump pump’s float is an essential component, but it’s also one of the most fragile. The float rises as the water level in the sump pit rises, signalling the pump to begin pumping water out of the pit. Pour some water into the pit slowly to check the float. You’re in luck if the float rises with the water and the pump activates when the water is removed. You should repeat this test every few months. 

  1. Clean the Sump Pit

Sump pit debris is a significant cause of float problems. Cleaning the sump pit is essential for sump pump maintenance, even if your pump is working correctly. Ensure no loose debris is left in the pit.

  1. Examine the Check Valve

You probably need to replace the check valve if you pour water into the sump pit, and it doesn’t trigger the pump to remove the water.

  1. Consider cleaning the impeller.

Sump pump repair and maintenance necessitates keeping debris out of the sump pit. However, debris can sometimes get past the sump pump’s screen and clog the impeller. To determine if this is the issue, unplug the pump, disconnect it from the piping, and remove it from the pit. To get to the screen and impeller, disassemble the pump. Then start removing any debris that is there in the sump pump, and afterwards reassemble it. 

  1. Make sure the power is on.

Check the electrical connections if the sump pump does not appear to be working. Ensure the pump is plugged in properly, and check the circuit breaker. If your pump is linked to one, pay specific attention to the ground fault circuit interrupter, as they tend to trip. Reset the GFCI by pressing the reset button. If the electrical supply appears to be adequate, your pump is likely needs a replacement.

  1. Motor overheats 

Your sump pump will produce a significant amount of heat. Your system will survive longer if the heat is easily dispersing. If you can submerge your sump pump system in the water around it, it will cool down and release the surplus heat. It’s also crucial to have the proper pit size surrounding your sump pump. Your pump will remove more water than necessary if your hole is too huge and deep. If the pit is relatively small, on the other hand, your pump will have to turn on and off more frequently, wearing it out sooner. You will have to replace the motor if it overheats since it would burn out.