01 Apr A Broken Sump Pump?
If the sump pump is overflowing, or not working properly, it could be that it was not installed correctly. We see that a lot, where a homeowner installed a sump pump incorrectly, or a company was brought in and did shoddy work.
Sump pump installation and repair is best left in the hands of waterproofing professionals, to start.
WaterShield Atlantic is your go-to source for basement waterproofing, including sump pump installation, or sump pump replacement, in Atlantic Canada. Installation is a major excavation job. The sump pump specialists will jackhammer the concrete floor, dig the pit, connect the weeping to the pit, install the liner and pump, then make sure the device is operating properly.
It could be that the wrong-size pump was installed in the pit – meaning it’s running non-stop and at risk of breaking down just to keep up with all the water seepage.
If the check valve on the sump pump (which monitors that water is flowing outside of the home instead of back into the pit) is broken then you run the risk of the pump breaking down and water overflowing from the pit into your basement.
Another cause of a malfunction is dirt or impediments that clog the pump and the switches on it, like the impeller, which is the part of the sump pump that spins and pushes water from the basin out to the discharge pipe.
It could also be that there is simply too much water flowing in, because of a rising water table beneath the home, or excess rain, and you need a second pump to keep your home dry.
Submersible tanks typically last around ten years. Sump pump back-up includes a battery system that will take over if there is a power blackout – a common occurrence when there is a bad storm. We all lead busy lives, and it’s understandable that a properly working sump pump is not top of mind.