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How to Troubleshoot Your Sump Pump

Why Isn’t My Sump Pump Working?

We all heavily rely on our sump pumps to be the first line of defense in the event of home flooding. Spring showers present the opportunity for floods to occur, and if your sump pump is not in proper working order, your home could very well be at risk.

Not to worry, our experts are here to discuss the most common sump pump issues and solutions. Troubleshooting is the first step to diagnosing the problem and starting the process of reviving your sump pump.

Check the Float Switch

Your sump pump’s floating switch triggers its working cycles. When the water rises to a certain height in the pit, the float switch turns on the pump. Occasionally, the switch can be jammed, stuck, or even tangled. This can lead to a complete halt or non-stop operation.

Suppose you’ve found the float switch to be the culprit. In that case, you should have your sump pump inspected by a professional to determine if a repair is needed or a replacement is necessary. Southport Home Services‘s plumbers can take a look at your pump and determine if it is functional.

To avoid this headache altogether, we recommend scheduling an appointment before and after each spring season to ensure your system is working correctly. When it comes to sump pump inspections and maintenance, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Examine the Discharge Line

A sump pump with a clogged discharge line is prone to system failure. The discharge line can get clogged with debris and even ice, stopping the flow of water. If you’re experiencing sump pump issues, ensure your lines are free of clogs and easily transport water.

Inspect the Check Valve

After your sump pump has worked to move water out of your basement, a malfunctioning check valve can bring you right back to square one. A broken check valve will allow water to back-flow. The pump will run continuously, running up some costly electricity bills.

To prevent any back-flow, examine your sump pump’s check valve each month to ensure it is in good working condition. Depending on the state of the check valve, a replacement may be necessary.

To avoid this headache altogether, we recommend scheduling an appointment before and after each spring season to ensure your system is working correctly. When it comes to sump pump inspections and maintenance, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Call the Sump Pump Specialists

When the rain starts pouring, keep your home protected with our premier sump pump services. From sump pump installations to repair, we do it all! Trust our knowledgeable team at Southport Home Services for top-tier customer service and reliability. For more information, call us at (262) 383-4040 or fill out our online contact form.

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