Sump pumps are used to remove water that accumulates in a sump basin, prevent basement flooding, and solve dampness issues in the home. A properly working sump pump is essential to keeping your foundation safe and possessions out of the water. Unfortunately, sump pumps can break and stop working for a variety of reasons. The following are some of the most common problems with sump pumps in Kansas City that our plumbing company sees.
Overwhelmed Sump Pump
Sometimes a sump pump gets overwhelmed and doesn’t become reliable enough to handle how much water gets poured in. This can happen because of an influx of water (especially during a heavy rain) or when the sump pump isn’t the right size or have the required horsepower.
When the power fails in your home because of a bad storm, basements are more likely to flood. Heavy storms can cause you to lose power, which completely restrains your sump pump from working correctly. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to avoid this problem by installing a backup generator. This way, you are prepared in case of a power outage and can keep your sump pump running to avoid a flood.
When a sump pump has a clogged intake (where it takes in water) it prevents water from flowing and being pumped from the system. Sump pumps can become clogged by accumulating dirt over time, the float switch becoming clogged or jammed, or the switch being stuck on the “on” position for too long. Failure to pump enough water out of the system can lead to mold, mildew, and other build-up.
A sump pump that is running continuously can lead to it burning out. There are a few reasons why a sump pump would be put into overdrive. The first is a faulty float switch. The vibrations of a sump pump can cause it to hinder the sump pump switch accidentally. The second reason for burn-out is that the sump pump is either too small or too big to effectively handle the job. Too small of a sump pump will cause it to overwork, while too large of a sump pump will cause it to underwork and ultimately lead it to burn-out.
Contact Mac Wilson For Your Broken Sump Pump in Kansas City
Do you have a broken sump pump that you aren’t sure what to do with? Contact us for any Kansas City and Overland Park area plumbing services by phone at (816) 768-0700 or fill out our convenient form on the Request Service page. Our team specializes in sump pump repair and installation. To ensure maximum longevity and safe operation of your sump pump, rely on the Mac Wilson LLC team.