Sump pumps serve an important role in your household. These appliances help prevent floodwater from entering your home and causing severe damage. Because of their importance, it’s crucial to ensure your sump pump is working at all times. When you need reliable service by an experienced team, call Cooper’s Plumbing & Air. In business for more than a decade, we provide sump pump maintenance, repair and installation services to the Tallahassee, FL area.
When a pipe bursts you need help, fast! Contact us about our burst pipe services.
The Importance of Timely Sump Pump Repairs
When your sump pump needs repairs, you shouldn’t delay before getting it serviced. While some appliances can wait to be repaired, sump pumps play too important of a role to take any chances with. The sump pump prevents floodwater from entering your basement - and potentially other levels of your home. This can result in severe -- and costly -- water damage to your property. It can also create unsafe conditions due to slippery floors, electrical shorts and the potential for mold and mildew to grow.
Types of Sump Pumps
When it comes to sump pumps, you have several types to choose from. Some variations can include:
- Pedestal sump pumps: These systems’ pumps are located at the top of the basin. This provides easy access to it in case it needs to be repaired or replaced. A pipe runs down to the bottom of the basin, where it pumps out the water through an installed impeller apparatus.
- Submersible sump pumps: These units use a waterproof motor. These tend to be more quiet when they run because they are placed right into the sump pit.
- Sewage septic pumps: These units are used when black wastewater material must be moved up a level from a basement below the ground’s surface. These pumps grind up the waste and it is then pumped upward into a septic tank system.
- Septic effluent pumps: These devices are used to force liquefied septic fluids through drain fields.
- Battery backup: This is used in the event of a power failure. A battery backup will ensure that your unit continues to effectively do its job even when the power is out, such as during a storm.
When a plumbing, heating or cooling emergency strikes, get help ASAP. Learn about our 24-hour emergency services.
Common Sump Pump Problems
Occasionally, you might encounter issues with your sump pump that may require professional maintenance. Some problems can include:
- Power failures: If your power goes out during extreme weather conditions, your sump pump will not function without a battery backup system.
- Float valve issues: To avoid more serious issues, it’s important to ensure your unit’s float valve is free from any obstructions.
- Underpowered pumps: You need to ensure your unit is designed for the specific needs of your property in order to function properly.
- Frozen or clogged discharge pipe: Your discharge pipes should be clean and in working order to prevent larger issues.
- Worn out pump motors: Your unit should be replaced if the motor wears out.