Learn more about Sump Pump repair, service, and installation in Southeast Michigan.
Sump Pump Repair, Service & Installation
Sump Pump Repair
If you have a basement, you definitely have a Sump Crock and Pump. The sump crock and pump are important for protecting your foundation from water. Sump pump failure leads to water damage in your basement and foundation, costing potentially thousands of dollars in damage. Symptoms of a malfunctioning sump pump include:
- Your sump pump never stops running
- Strange noises come from your sump pump
- Your sump pump rattles and vibrates when running
- Obvious damage like rust, clogs, or tangles
Not sure where your sump pump is located? No problem. A sump pump is typically located in the lowest area of your basement or crawlspace.
Sometimes it may be difficult to locate your sump pump. If you’re not comfortable going into your crawlspace, contact a plumber to help.
Sump Pump Installation
Sump pumps have a life of approximately 10 years. If you encounter heavy snow, ice, or flooding, you will want to make sure your sump pump is operating at 100% efficiency or you could face much larger issues.
Because it involves multiple complex steps and labor, sump pump installation should always be performed by a plumber. You should also utilize a plumber’s knowledge when choosing the proper pump. Depending on location, elevation, climate, and other factors, some pumps may not have the power to prevent flooding during heavy rainstorms.
As a plumbing company with 30+ years experience in Southeast Michigan/Metro Detroit, our team understands the ins-and-outs of sump pump repair and replacement. The following factors can influence sump pump performance, and cause failure.
- Weather (rain, snow, ice)
- Soil Type
- Age of Pump
- Time of Year
If you need a new sump pump, or think your existing sump pump may be malfunctioning, call us at Premier Plumbing for a sump pump check-up. We’ll schedule repairs, or offer a FREE CONSULTATION to determine which type of sump pump will best fit your needs and budget.
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Sump pumps are an important, yet little-known plumbing appliance. Let us answer some of your top questions about sump pumps, and the repair and installation of these flood-preventing appliances.
Can sump pumps be repaired?
We should start off by saying that if your sump pump is NOT operational, you need to fix it ASAP! That said, a sump pump CAN be repaired. While it’s typically best to leave this vital task to a professional plumber, there are a few things that you can check for when the sump pump goes bad…
- Debris and trash can get trapped in the pump
- The impeller can become clogged
- The pump electrical cord can become unplugged a circuit breaker could pop
How long do sump pumps typically last?
The general consensus is that a sump pump’s average lifespan is 10 years, although many experts would recommend replacing your sump pump every 5-7 years.
Should I buy a home with a sump pump?
A sump pump is a perfectly normal appliance in any home with a basement or crawl space. Depending on elevation, location, or other factors, a sump pump may not be a necessary appliance in every home
If you are considering a home with a sump pump, don’t be concerned! They are long lasting and easy to maintain pieces of machinery. Be sure to hire a plumber to check on the status of the existing sump pump, and educate yourself on proper maintenance.
Why does my sump pump smell bad? Should I be worried?
When a sump pump completely dries out, sewer gas can collect and cause a foul smell. If this happens, you can easily remedy this by cleaning the sump basin, then running regular maintenance (once every 3 month or so) so the basin does not dry out again.
If the smell persists after cleaning, contact a plumber to diagnose the issue.