Sump Pump Servicing

What is a Sump pump?

Sump Pump Service

A sump pump is a device commonly installed in the basement or crawlspace of a building to help prevent flooding by removing excess water that collects in a sump pit or basin. It consists of a pump, typically submersible, that is placed at the lowest point of the area susceptible to flooding.

Here’s how a sump pump typically works:

Sump Pit/Basin: A sump pump is usually installed in a specially constructed pit or basin in the lowest part of the basement or crawlspace. This pit collects water that enters through drains or natural water migration through the soil.

Activation: When water in the sump pit reaches a certain level, a float or pressure sensor triggers the sump pump to turn on.

Pumping Action: The pump, powered by electricity, activates and begins to pump water out of the pit through a discharge pipe.

Discharge: The water is then directed away from the building’s foundation, usually through a discharge pipe that extends outside the building or into a designated drainage area, such as a municipal storm drain or a dry well.

Shutoff: Once the water level in the sump pit decreases to a certain point, the float or sensor triggers the sump pump to shut off until the next cycle.

What is a Sump Pump Used for?


Sump pumps are particularly essential in areas prone to heavy rainfall, snowmelt, or high water tables, where basement flooding is a common concern. They help prevent water damage to the foundation, walls, and belongings stored in the basement by efficiently removing excess water before it can accumulate and cause problems. Regular maintenance and testing of sump pumps are recommended to ensure they remain operational and effective in protecting against flooding.


What Happens if I Neglect my Sump Pump

Neglecting your sump pump can lead to several potential issues and consequences, including:


Basement Flooding: The primary purpose of a sump pump is to prevent basement flooding by removing excess water. If you neglect maintenance or repairs, the pump may fail to operate when needed, leaving your basement vulnerable to flooding during heavy rainstorms, snowmelt, or periods of high water tables.


Water Damage: Flooding caused by a malfunctioning sump pump can lead to significant water damage to your basement walls, floors, and belongings. Water damage may require costly repairs and restoration efforts, including drying out the area, repairing or replacing damaged materials, and addressing mold and mildew growth.


Structural Damage: Prolonged exposure to water can weaken the structural integrity of your home’s foundation and walls. Over time, untreated water damage may lead to cracks, shifting, or other structural issues that compromise the stability of your home.


Mold and Mildew Growth: Moisture from basement flooding can create an ideal environment for mold and mildew to thrive. Mold growth not only damages building materials but also poses health risks to occupants, especially those with allergies, asthma, or respiratory conditions.


Sump Pump Failure: Neglecting regular maintenance can contribute to the premature failure of your sump pump. Components may become clogged, worn out, or damaged over time, reducing the pump’s effectiveness or causing it to malfunction altogether. Regular maintenance helps ensure that your sump pump remains in good working condition and can reliably protect your basement from flooding.


Insurance Issues: Insurance coverage for water damage may be affected if neglect is determined to be the cause of sump pump failure. Some insurance policies may require proof of regular maintenance and upkeep to qualify for coverage in the event of a claim related to flooding or water damage.


How DrainRooter Plumbing Sump Pump Servicing Works 


Float Switch Inspection: Our experts meticulously examine the float switch to guarantee smooth movement and freedom from any blockages or debris that could hinder its function.


Sump Pit Cleaning: We thoroughly clear the sump pit of any debris, sediment, or obstructions, ensuring unimpeded water flow to the pump and preventing potential clogs.


Discharge Pipe Examination: Our technicians carefully inspect the discharge pipe for blockages, damages, or improper attachments, ensuring effective water redirection away from your property’s foundation.


Pump Testing: We conduct regular tests by simulating water entry into the sump pit to verify the pump’s activation, proper water expulsion, and correct shut-off functionality.


Pump and Impeller Maintenance: Our team removes the sump pump for a detailed inspection, cleaning the pump housing and impeller to eliminate any buildup or debris that could affect performance.


Check Valve Evaluation: We check the check valve’s integrity, ensuring it functions correctly to prevent water from re-entering the sump pit after expulsion.


Backup Power System Testing: If your sump pump features a backup power source, we meticulously test it to confirm seamless activation during power outages.


Battery Replacement: For systems equipped with battery backups, we replace batteries as recommended by the manufacturer, typically every 2-3 years, to maintain reliable backup power.


Electrical Component Inspection: Our technicians inspect electrical connections, power cords, and outlets for any signs of damage or wear, ensuring safe and efficient operation.


Professional Maintenance Schedule: Consider scheduling annual maintenance with our team of professionals for a thorough inspection, cleaning, and testing of your sump pump, ensuring its optimal performance and longevity.


Call  (416) 477-4755 For Sump Pump Servicing!

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