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24-Hour Service for Sump Pumps in Calgary, Edmonton & Red Deer
Your sump pump is your first line of defence against basement flooding. Sump pumps, correctly installed and maintained, drain the water from the sump pit into a discharge pipe that moves water from your home into the city’s drainage system. Typically, you should hear the sump pump coming on after a rainstorm when water flows into the sump. If you don’t hear it coming on or if you hear it grinding away frequently or constantly, you should call Need-A-Plumber Canada for service. Keep your basement safe from flooding with prompt and knowledgeable sump pump repair, maintenance and installation in Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer.
Troubleshooting Sump Pump Problems
The experienced plumbers at Need A Plumber Canada have repaired a lot of sump pumps – here are some of the common problems our customers have called us for:
Sump Pump Runs Constantly
The issue could be that the hydrostatic pressure around your basement walls is high, either due to improper drainage or a high water table. In these situations, the typical 1/3 HP residential sump pump can’t pump out water fast enough, runs constantly and eventually wears out. You may need a more powerful sump pump to pump water out faster or you may need to enhance the drainage system around your home. Your local Need-A-Plumber Canada technician can assess whether your sump pump is adequate for your home’s needs and offer you affordable solutions to replace the sump pump or improve the drainage around your home.
Sump Pump Backs Up
If the sump pump’s discharge pipe is clogged with debris or if water freezes in the discharge pipe, water will come back into the sump pit and could overflow into your basement. Our plumbers can install a supplementary line to reroute water in the case of a frozen discharge pipe. We also recommend installing a grate over the opening of the discharge pipe to prevent debris from entering and blocking the sump system.
Sump Pump Does Not Turn On
Failure of the sump pump to turn on is usually related to a power failure or a faulty switch. Installing a battery-operated back-up sump pump will give you peace of mind that your home is protected from flooding, even during a storm-related power failure. Problems with the switch are usually caused when the float arm that triggers the switch is displaced or jammed by debris. This can usually be quickly fixed by cleaning and correcting the position of the float arm.
A sump pump, like most appliances in your home, won’t last forever. The typical lifespan of a sump pump is somewhere around 5 to 10 years. Quarterly maintenance, including cleaning and inspection, can help extend the lifespan of your sump pump. Depending on the age and condition of your sump pump, you may want to consider whether to invest in further repairs or a new installation. Our experienced plumbers will be happy to answer your questions and provide you an accurate no-surprises estimate so you can make an informed decision.