These days, many homeowners turn to sump pumps to help keep their basements dry. If you have a basement that floods regularly (whether you’re below the water table level, live in a rainy area, or live near a body of water), a sump pump can remove accumulated water and direct it away from your home to help keep it dry.
Signs You Need Sump Pump Repair
Before your sump fails outright and you need to have a plumber out to perform an emergency sump pump repair, there are often indications well in advance that something is wrong. Constant vibration is a common problem that often indicates a damaged impeller. It will eventually lead to a total failure and generally requires that the sump pump be replaced. A low continuous hum is to be expected, but if you hear unusual noises, such as grinding or rattling, there is a problem with the impeller or fan. A sump pump running continuously often indicates a bad switch. Visible rust should never be ignored as it can indicate serious issues that will worsen over time. A dry pit indicates trouble with the drainage system or an improper installation. Tripped circuits suggest damaged wiring, a bad switch, or an insufficient power source. In addition, it is important to have your sump pump inspected and cleaned on an annual basis, and this need is even more pressing as a sump gets older or if it’s used on an infrequent basis.Contact Us Today
It’s important that your sump pump be working properly at all times – especially when just a little water can cause thousands of dollars in damage. At Timothy Off, we have a few tips you can use to make sure your sump pump is in good condition:
- Make sure it’s plugged in. This may seem like a no-brainer, but we’ve heard many stories about homeowners having trouble with their sump pump when it was simply not plugged in.
- Manually lift the water float to make sure your sump pump kicks on. If it does, you can rest easy so that when water collects, it will be discarded.
- If your sump pump is more than seven years old, consider replacing it with a newer model.
Sump Pump Replacement
The team at Timothy Off will recommend sump pump repair whenever it is the cost-effective and otherwise practical solution. Often, however, replacement makes better financial sense. Consider that the average sump pump will last between seven and 10 years. Most units will achieve that life expectancy with routine maintenance, but as you near that time frame, it is unlikely that sump pump repair will save you money. We’ll dispatch a plumber to your home or business to inspect your sump pump. Our plumber will then explain the problem, discuss repair versus replacement, and help you determine how to proceed. If you choose to replace your unit, we’ll help you choose the ideal sump pump for your location, and we’ll then install it in a manner that ensures that it serves you well in the years ahead.
Emergency Sump Pump Repair Services
Sump pumps can fail at any time of day or night, and a failure during heavy rains can lead to substantial water damage. Timothy Off has expert sump pump repair technicians on call outside of our standard business hours, and that includes on weekends and during holidays. When you need us most, we’ll be there as soon as possible to get your sump pump running again.
Sump Pump Maintenance
We recommend that you maintain your sump pump every three months. You can perform this light inspection and sump pump cleaning yourself in most cases. However, we advise you to schedule a professional once a year—preferably in advance of the rainy season in your area—so that the sump pump can be comprehensively cleaned and inspected and any wear and tear can be corrected. Regular maintenance will lower your operational costs, extend the life of your sump pump, and minimize the chances that you experience a sudden failure.
Your Local Sump Pump Repair Specialists
Whether you need sump pump installation, replacement, repair, or maintenance, the team at Timothy Off is here to provide reliable services and products that give you exceptional value for your dollar. If you have any questions about sump pump repair & replacement or would like more information about them, call us at 1-610-701-9020 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today.