Sump Pump Repair Services
If you need sump pump repair services or installation, you should know that it is an integral part of basement waterproofing Toronto. If your sump pump fails on you, then you need to find out the source of the problem quickly before your basement floods.
You first need to check to ensure power is supplied to the pump. If power isn’t the issue, you need to check for any clogs in the line or obstacles in the pit. When working on your sump pump, be sure you have disconnected the power. Never reach into the well when the pump is still plugged in. Below you will find all the steps you should take to troubleshoot the issue with your sump pump. If all else fails, you can always depend on the professionals from Aquatech to take care of your sump pump needs.
Check the Sump Pump for Debris
To check the sump pump for debris, shine a flashlight into the pump’s pit, looking for sediment or other contaminants. Remove any debris, as it will affect the performance of the pump. You can do this using a slotted spoon or, for minor sediment, a kitchen sieve with tiny holes. It is ideal to do this at least every Spring.
Inspect the Sump Pump Check Valve
Also referred to as a one-way valve, this valve ensures that water doesn’t-enter the sump pump once it shuts off. The valve prevents the backflow of water already pumped out, thus making the device a one-way flow system. Check the valve on the water outlet pipe, and ensure the arrow points away from the sump pump.
Sump Pump Routine Cleaning
Clean out both the relief hole and the impeller. Find the small opening between the sump pump discharge and the check valve to locate the relief hole. It can be cleaned using a cotton swab or a toothbrush. The impeller is the filtering mechanism attached to the sump pump. Your sump pump components can get clogged easily and should be routinely cleaned monthly or more often during heavy usage.
Test Your Sump Pump
Fill a large bucket with 3 gallons of water and pour it into the sump pump pit. The pump should start automatically, draining the water out of the hole. Try this twice consecutively to ensure the pump is in working order.
Back-up Power Source for Sump Pump
Because the sump pump is powered by electricity, it is crucial to ensure that your pump has a backup power source. Most power outages happen during significant storms, which is when most basement flooding occurs. If your sump pump doesn’t have a backup power source and your home experiences a power outage during heavy rainfall, your sump pump will not function, and the water has nowhere to go but into your home. Install a backup battery on your sump pump to provide you with peace of mind protection in this instance.
A redundant system is a backup sump pump. Many homes have both a primary pump and a secondary backup pump. Having an emergency backup sump pump will provide the best protection against flooding.
Sump Pump Failure Alarm
Last but not least, wifi powered sump pump alarm is a must for the homeowner who wants true optimal peace of mind surrounding their home’s sump pump system.
Make sure that your home is kept free from flooding and water damage. Check and maintain your sump pump annually to keep it clean and running efficiently. You’ll want to ensure that it is serviced by a professional at least once a year before the summer or fall. Remember that Always Plumbing & Heating can help you with all of your sump pump repairs. Suppose it is determined that your system is due to be replaced. In that case, our skilled plumbers will provide you with options for any of the devices listed above or complete integrated intelligent systems that contain both a primary and backup pump with Wifi remote monitoring.