Identifying a Sump Pump Problem

Nov 23, 2015

Is your home your safe haven, an escape from a hard day at work? Wouldn’t it be nice to keep it that way for the years to come? For this to be a reality, you need to think about the well-being of the house and keep investing in it to eliminate all chances of the little household disasters that may occur over the years.

Basements of the house are the least liked places, but maintenance and cleanliness of them must be on your list of things-to-do. Ignoring the basement can be the root cause of problems around the house. Most water damage issues occur in the basement. If you use your basement as a storage unit, then you can kiss goodbye to all your things. If not your possessions, the collected water encourages mold growth that in the long run can be a serious health hazard in the house. Better safe than sorry, right?

A Sump Pump is the Solution

If you want to fight water damage issues in the basement head on, then you need to install a sump pump. Most of the time, this can prove to be a life saver. But it too comes with a set of its own problems. For example, when the sump pump stops working, you have a new crisis to worry about. Knowledge is key and you need to be aware of all the bumps you can hit along the road. Here are some common problems that may arise with a basement sump pump:

  • In case of power outages during a bad storm, a sump pump will cease to work because it runs off electricity. With heavy rain, this can be a big trouble because there will be water flowing in and you will be helpless. The solution is to install a battery backup sump pump for a rainy day.
  • Like all things and people, a sump pump too can get exhausted from working all the time. This may result to inefficiency. Although it also depends on how powerful your device is and how much workload it has to deal with. To avoid this glitch, make sure you install a sump pump which can handle 35 gallons of water per minute.
  • We all know how cold Toronto, Ottawa, and the rest of Southern/Eastern Ontario get in the winter. You’re probably familiar with frozen pipes. A frozen pipe means severe blockage for the water and it will be prevented from getting through. With nowhere to go, it will go back in the pump pit and there you have yourself a flooded basement.
  • Everything grows old and a sump pump is not any different from the fact. A pump can get tired and this will be evident if it does not function to its full potential. It is time to get a replacement.

So there you have it, folks. Signs that your sump pump has hit a bump. Ensure that you take these seriously because you could end up with a flooded basement. Don’t forget, you can contact The Crack Doctor for all your sump pump inspection, repair, and replacement needs!

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