Does your sump pump need maintenance?

Does your sump pump need maintenance?

First of all, a sump pump is a device that keeps water from building up in your basement. Moreover, this sump pump is usually placed in an area where water could be a problem if it built up and flooded the basement. So since it has been established that your sump pump is an important piece of equipment for your home, here are some questions to ask yourself about your sump pump.

Does my sump pump operate frequently?

Frequent operation of your sump pump could mean that there is some excessive water build up under the basement floor. A qualified plumber can correct this situation before the sump pump becomes overloaded, leading to an expensive basement flood.

Do I smell a bad odor in the general vicinity of my sump pump?

If you smell a bad odor around your sump pump it could be a very bad sign. Mildew, mold, and other pollutants can build up in a strong and powerful way in your sump pump and then behind your drywall as well. When your
sump pump becomes backed up, it can overflow and then eventually it can fail, causing a great deal of damage to your basement, and its walls, vents, and floors.

Do I hear strange noises coming from my sump pump?

Strange or loud noises coming from your sump pump would be a fairly good sign that the system is either not mechanically strong, is clogged up, or is backed up. Sump pumps are designed to be a quiet-running tool.

Is my basement flooding?

Although this is an obvious question, if your basement is already in the flooding stage then the culprit could very easily be your sump pump. If there is a bad rain storm and your basement has flooded, ask yourself several questions. Has this happened before? If this is the first time that this even has happened to you it probably means that the battery on your sump pump has failed. Call a plumbing and a water restoration expert right away.Is the sump pump in your Columbia home acting up? Call Plumbing Solutions at (803) 513-5749 and schedule a service call today!