Diagnosing Common Issues with Your Sump Pump in Monroe Township, NJ

Think of your sump pump as the MVP of your basement waterproofing equipment. When groundwater gets to a level where it threatens to rise above the floor of your basement, your sump pump activates and pumps it out of your home, preventing water damage.

Over time, your sump pump will need maintenance or even light repairs to keep working effectively. Bob Hoegler Plumbing has years of experience serving homeowners in Middlesex County with sump pump repair, replacement, and routine maintenance. With us, you’ll ensure your basement stays dry with a fully operational sump pump system.

What is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a system in your basement that protects your home from water damage. Groundwater tends to rise for a variety of reasons, which left unchecked, can damage structures in your basement. By installing a sump basin that collects this water, and a sump pump to pump it out safely in your yard, you can avoid problems associated with water in your basement.

There are two types of sump pumps suitable for home use:

  • Pedestal pumps are less common and consist of a motor that sits on top of a shaft. The shaft is connected to the actual pump mechanism inside the sump basin.
  • Submersible pumps are the variety that most homeowners have installed in their homes. These sump pumps sit inside the sump basin.

Both types of pumps work in the same general way; when the water rises above a certain level, a float switch is activated that starts the motor. The pump carries water up through a pipe and out to a safe deposit point on the property.

What Are the Most Common Problems With Home Sump Pumps?

There are several extremely common issues that may not allow your sump pump to work correctly:

  • Rocks and sediment can get clogged in the pump mechanism and keep the sump pump from doing its job as effectively or at all.
  • The float on the float switch can dissolve and become ineffective.
  • The pump may malfunction, or the switch can get stuck, causing the pump to run non-stop, wasting energy and shortening the life of your sump pump system.
  • The basin overflows, which doesn’t allow the pump to do its job.

We offer Sump Pump Repair and Maintenance

Many of the issues mentioned above can be repaired and prevented with routine sump pump maintenance. For example, having a filtration cloth put underneath the basin will prevent sediment from entering the pump system, and giving the pump something stable to sit on within the basin, like a flat paver stone, for example, can keep gravel out.

In some cases, you’ll need a new system or at least more serious sump pump repairs, in which case you’ll have to turn to an expert for advice and expert service. When this happens, call the sump pump repair and maintenance experts from Bob Hoegler Plumbing. We can offer routine maintenance to keep your basement waterproofing effective and repair your sump pump in no time.

For sump pump maintenance, call us today!

 

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