Monday, July 6, 2009

Doing Your Own Sump Pump Repair

Imagine this scenario: it's raining and you are at home. Everything seems fine when suddenly your sump pump breaks down. It is only a matter of time that your basement begins to fill up with water, and so quick action is important. You consider calling a repair man to do this. But then again repairing your sump pump can be costly if you call a professional. Furthermore, if you call a repair man, your basement would be flooding already by the time he gets there. So what would be the best course of action? It is, of course, to do your own sump pump repair work. Doing the repairs yourself would allow you to save a lot of money and also time. This article will describe the most common sump pump problems and a way on how to solve each one of them.

1. Float

The most common of sump pump problems is the float. There is a float that rises with the water level and this float turns on the pump. The pump is dependent on the float because it is only when it floats that the pump operates. So first check if the float is obstructed from doing its function. To regain the function of the float, simply clean out any debris that may have clogged the machine. The solution may be simple, but this problem can only be detected when the water level in your basement have risen so high already. So to prevent this problem, make sure that the float is not impeded by any debris or particles by checking the pit periodically.

2. Check Valve

The check valve is a valve that makes sure that the water that goes into the pump does not flow back into the pit. If the water level starts to rise, the check valve may have been installed erroneously. There is an arrow on the valve; check its direction. It should be pointing away from the pump itself.

3. Impeller

If you hear from the pump unusual humming that sounds like it's having difficulty operating, the impeller may have caught debris, bugs and other particles that impede its functions. Clear the impeller of debris. To avoid this, install a filter to catch particles.

4. Wiring

If you've checked all these common troubleshooting points in your attempt to perform a sump pump repair and found that they are working well, then electrical wiring could be the problem. Check if there are any broken wires, or with its main electrical supply. Check fuses and breakers.

Autor: Jeff Olivier

Always remember that prevention is better than cure. Take care of your pump by periodically checking it and performing maintenance. But no piece of equipment lasts for a lifetime. Check if you have to replace your sump pump with a new one. Remember that you can always call on a professional if all your sump pump repair attempts fail.

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Added: July 6, 2009

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