Sump pumps are a common sight in basements. These devices are installed at the lowest point in the home and keep your basement dry by removing water collected in the sump pit and depositing it in a nearby storm drain, dry well, or detention pond.

Usually, your sump pump is on standby, waiting to be needed as an additional source of flood protection. But when the sump pump isn’t working as required, it can be a cause for concern.

Here are the most common sump pump problems and how they can be fixed.

The Sump Pump Is Overwhelmed

freeze relief fitting Sometimes, one sump pump isn’t cut out for the job during heavy rains—especially if the pump is low-quality or old. This can lead to the sump pit overflowing and potential water damage in the basement.

If your sump pump is overwhelmed, consider upgrading it and installing a battery backup.

In rare situations, you may need a second sump pump. If you believe this is the case, contact Missouri Basement. Our experts will come to your home to inspect your sump pump and make our recommendations.

The Pump Is Working, But There’s No Water In Pit

You have a freshly installed sump pump, but no water seems to be collecting in it. What’s up with that?

It could be that the pump was improperly installed, or it’s not linked to a drainage system. If either of these instances is the case, get an expert to ensure that the pit is connected to a drainage system. If not, it will need to be installed.

The Pump Is Clogged

There are several ways a sump pump can get clogged. If the pit doesn’t have a lid, silt accumulates and jams up the system. This is especially true if the pump is touching the bottom of the pit.

A clogged pump won’t be able to efficiently remove water from your home, causing a backup. It can also get the float switch stuck in the “on” position, causing the pump to run constantly and burn out.

Take a look in your sump pit. If it appears that there is a lot of sediment buildup, have it inspected by a professional to see if it’s time to repair or replace it. If the pump has no lid, get one installed to prevent debris buildup.

The Discharge Line Is Clogged

In the same way that the pump can get clogged, so can the discharge lines. These lines remove the water collected in the pit. Clogged lines are a problem that must be solved sooner rather than later to prevent system failure.

To solve clogged discharge lines, make sure that they are clear of debris and covered. Covering the line will also ensure that small animals like mice don’t get into it and cause problems.

Frozen discharge lines can also be a problem in the winter months. Be sure to have a freeze relief fitting on your discharge line for the winter months. Think of it as an emergency exit in case the end of your discharge line becomes frozen or snow packed.

Contact Missouri Basement For All Of Your Sump Pump Needs

No matter the problem with your sump pump, the professionals at Missouri Basement are here for you. We will inspect your basement and sump pump to ensure that it’s working correctly and, if needed, install a new one.

Using high-quality basement waterproofing products and a staff that has encountered and conquered virtually every waterproofing challenge imaginable in St. Charles and St. Louis, Missouri Basement delivers effective solutions for all your waterproofing needs. At Missouri Basement, you will find an indispensable source of ideas and industry know-how.

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