Sump Pump Repairs and Services: DIY Tips

Oct 10, 2013

Keeping your sump pump in good working condition is essential to ensuring that your basement is free of water or the accumulation of moisture. Leaky pipes, flooding from rain, or sewer backups can usually all be handled adequately by your sump pump provided it is properly maintained. If your sump pump has been experiencing problems, there may be a few fixes you can make yourself.

Follow these tips to handle some common sump pump repairs:

  • Check the valve – there is a valve on your sump pump that helps to regulate the flow of water. If you see the water level in the pit rising instead of decreasing, you should check the valve. Look to see if the arrow on the valve is pointing away from the pump. If it isn’t, the pump may have been installed incorrectly.
  • The float – the sump pump typically turns on and off according to the float. When it rises above the water level, this is an indication that the pump should turn on. If this isn’t happening on a consistent basis, then the float may be obstructed by debris or a clog. Make sure the area is clear of debris and the float is clean to keep it functioning more effectively.
  • The Impeller – sometimes the impeller may also become clogged with dust and debris. You can usually tell if this has happened if you hear a strange humming sound coming from your pump. Clear the impeller of debris and make sure there is a good, clean filter in place.
  • Wiring – If you have sufficient knowledge of wiring and electrical systems, you can check the wiring of your sump pump to see if everything is hooked up properly. If you aren’t sure, you should call a professional for sump pump services.

If you are still having sump pump problems and have tried all the steps above, it is time to call a professional. The Crack Doctor offers professional sump pump services across Southern Ontario. We use top quality equipment and materials and all our work is backed by a Lifetime Transferable Warranty.

Call The Crack Doctor today at 1-877-709-2809 for your sump pump repair and services needs.

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