Pump On The Fritz? 4 Signs Your Sump Pump Needs An Emergency Plumber

If you have a basement, chances are good that you also have a sump pump. Without a sump pump, your basement is susceptible to water damage. Unfortunately, sump pumps aren't always as reliable as they need to be, especially when they're facing mechanical problems. If your sump pump breaks down during a flood, you need to get it working as quickly as possible. This is especially true when you can't troubleshoot the problem for yourself. Take a look at the list of sump pump problems provided below. If you encounter the problems listed here, you may need to call for emergency plumbing assistance. 

Pump Won't Stop Running

If your sump pump is working properly, it will cycle on as soon as it encounters water. While it's running, it will remove water from your basement, to prevent flooding. Your sump pump should never run continuously, unless there's a flood issue involved. If your sump pump is running non-stop, you need to take action as soon as possible. Continuous running could cause your sump pump motor to overheat. If that happens, you'll need to have your sump pump replaced. Some causes for continuous running include, broken sump pump switch, or broken check valve. Those issues can be repaired by an emergency plumber in your area. 

No Power to the Pump

If you've lost power to your sump pump, the first thing you need to do is check the circuit breakers. You could have lost power from the main line. That can usually be fixed by resetting the circuit breaker to the basement. If that's not the problem, you need to inspect your sump pump. Damaged float switches, and faulty battery packs can also cause your sump pump to lose power. If you can't get power back to your sump pump, call for plumbing services right away. 

Pump Hoses are Clogged

If your sump pump is running, but water isn't being drained from your basement, there's a good chance that the hoses are clogged. In most cases, you can resolve the issue by clearing the hoses. But, if the clog is deeper into the sump pump, or the impeller is jammed, you'll need an emergency plumber. 

Water is Building Up

Finally, if the sump pit is filled with water, check inside the pit. There may be debris inside the pit that's caused a system clog. If that's not the issue, you need to call for emergency plumbing services right away. An overflowing sump pit is a sure sign that your sump pump is in immediate need of repairs.