Priority Plumbing

Sump Pump Maintenance for the Spring Season

Sump pump trouble is often caused by mistakes committed during installation. Now that the spring season is here, you have to make sure your sump pump is functioning properly so that the buckets of rain that will come pouring down do not end up flooding your home and living area.

The three major problems associated with sump pump failure are:
– Sump pit debris: a buildup of mud, sand or debris at the bottom of your sump pump can jam the pump and burn out its motor. The pit can be kept free of debris by scooping out the sediment at the bottom of the sump pit.
– Clogged discharge type when water backs up from the discharge pipe, this can lead to the sump pump burning. Although this is more likely to happen in the winter when pipes freeze and thaw causing a backflow back into the pump.
– Old age that leads to a malfunctioning pump: Like all equipment – they eventually should be replaced with newer and more efficient material. If the sump pump is hard at work all season, it may burn out and require replacement.

A simple test to determine whether or not your sump pump is functioning properly is to pour around a gallon of water down your sump pump. If the water goes through in a prompt manner, then all is well however, if the water goes down slowly or gushes right back up the surface know that you either have some obstruction in your pump or the pump itself has malfunctioned and requires either repair or replacement.

The spring thaw makes your sump pump worth checking, contact Priority Plumbing to schedule your sump pump maintenance/installation appointment today. 647-427-8624