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Your home’s sump pump is an important piece of equipment. Any homeowner with a basement knows how valuable a sump pump is during the rainy season. The sump pump is responsible for preventing basement flooding and water damage by removing excess water from the lowest areas of your property. In order to ensure that your home is protected from flooding, it’s important to make sure that your sump pump is working properly all year-round.

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We are proud to offer comprehensive plumbing services such as sump pump repair, installation, and replacement services to homes in New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. To prevent your basement from the negative consequences of water damage, give our team of licensed plumbers a call to schedule an appointment. We provide same-day service and next day installation so you never have to worry about the next storm.

Sump Pump Repair & Installation Services Offered By Horizon

  • Sump Pump Repair
  • Sump Pump Replacement
  • Sump Pump Installation
  • Sump Pump Maintenance

 

5 Signs That Indicate It’s Time to Replace Your Sump Pump

Just like any appliance in your home, your sump pump has a timestamp. When the time comes to replace it, you’ll start to see definite signs. To avoid a major headache, costly sump pump repairs, and worse,  a flooding basement—let’s take a look at five signs that indicate you need to replace your sump pump.

    1. Water is Missing in Sump Pit

If your sump pump is running but there is no water in the sump pit, this is a sign it’s not connected to the drainage system. In addition, the sump pit in your basement may be empty due to a clogged drainage system or an improperly installed sump pump. Once you notice an empty put, disconnect the sump pump and call a certified plumber right away. 

    1. Sump Pump Is Producing Loud Noises

If you get close enough, you will be able to hear your sump pump operating. On the other hand, it is abnormal to hear loud gurgling, rattling, or grinding noises from a sump pump. Irregular sounds usually point to a malfunctioning motor. Problems with the motor can be fixed with a repair. 

On the other hand, you may be required to replace the motor to restore the operation of your sump pump. We offer sump pump repair and replacement services in areas such as Silver Spring, Trenton, Allentown, Newark, and Upper Darby. If your sump pump is producing strange noises, give our team of certified plumbers a call to book an appointment. We have been offering dependable plumbing and HVAC services for 30 years.

    1. Sump Pump is Operating Long Cycles

Is your sump pump system continuously running? A long-running sump pump is a top indicator that something needs to be addressed right away. An overworking sump pump won’t last for long. That’s why you’ll need to speak with an HVAC professional to help diagnose the situation and replace or repair where you see fit. 

    1. Items & Contaminants in the Sump Pit

Sometimes it’s not a broken component; you could have debris and contaminants getting into your sump pump and clogging your system. In the long term, this type of problem will slow down the sump pump process until it completely fails. 

This is especially true if you don’t have a lid on your sump pit. Check your system for clogs and grime in the following forms:

      • Debris in the sump pump pit
      • Filthy mechanical component
      • Tangled switches

If you don’t already have one, invest in an airtight lid to protect your sump pit from dust and debris. Also, schedule a sump pump inspection to ensure that it’s operating to the best standard. 

  1. No Power 

Many component malfunctions can be the cause of your sump pump losing power: blown fuse on the circuit, unplugged sump pump, dead battery backup, a blown fuse, or powerful storm that causes basement flooding—the list goes on. 

To help prevent a sump pump power outage, you can install a secondary pump, a different circuit, or an efficient battery backup system. 

Steps of a Sump Pump Inspection & Repair

What’s the best way to maintain your sump pump system? Through regular sump pump inspections and maintenance, you can stop common sump pump problems before they start. Here’s what to expect during a sump pump repair. 

  • Pit Inspection

The pit is where a sump pump will sit in. This pit collects water until the pump removes it. During each inspection or repair, a professional should make certain that the sump pit is the appropriate size. A sump pump pit should be at the least 24 inches deep and 18 inches wide. 

  • Audit of Discharge Location

During each inspection, a sump pump professional should determine if the sump pump’s discharge location is correct. The discharge location of your sump pump system should be approximately 20 feet away from the home. This is to prevent water from draining back into the house. It also ensures that water does not drain on your neighbors’ property, into the residential septic system, or public sewer system. 

Please keep in mind that a sump pump hinders rainwater and excess groundwater from pooling into your home. To keep your sump pump working efficiently and your basement dry, a certified professional will have to perform routine maintenance and inspection. 

  • Investigation of Check Valve On the Discharge Pipe

Our team of plumbers will perform an inspection to confirm that the check valve installed on the discharge pipe is operating correctly. A check valve is designed to prevent water from moving into the sump pit after the pump is deactivated. 

If there is water in the sump pit, our technicians will replace the check valve to prevent water damage in your basement. We provide credible sump pump repair and installation services to households in locations such as Haverford, Middletown, Camden, Bethlehem, and Newark. Call a member of our team to schedule an inspection of the check valve on your sump pump.

  • Confirmation of Backup Source

It is not uncommon for power outages to occur during a severe snowstorm. Once the electricity in your household is deactivated, the sump pump in your basement will not be able to operate. To prevent water damage to the future and flooring in your basement, it’s important to install a backup power source in your basement.  

The backup power medium is designed to maintain your sump pump during a power outage. If you need help with a problem, give our team of licensed plumbers a call by phone to plan an appointment. We offer sump pump replacement and repair services in areas such as Baltimore, Haverford, Trenton, Middletown, and Upper Darby. Our staff of certified technicians has the tools and equipment required to integrate a backup power source to your sump pump.

  • Cover Inspection

The sump pump in your home should have a removable cover to hinder water from evaporating into the basement. An HVAC professional will make sure that it works properly, and if necessary, will add one. Since sump pump pits collect water, they should have a removable cover to help prevent water from evaporating into the basement. A professional will ensure your sump pump fits properly and will add one if needed.

Sump Pump Repair & Replacement Services 

A properly working sump pump can offer homeowners unmatched peace of mind when it comes to keeping the basement water-free. If your pump isn’t working as it should, or you’d like to have a new one installed, you can rely on the team of emergency plumbers at Horizon Services. We base our prices on the total cost of the job, not the time it takes to complete it. 

This allows us to offer you upfront pricing in writing before we begin any work—when you hire us, the quote you’re given is the price you’ll pay. We offer safe and fast sump pump repair services to families in areas such as Allentown, Rockville, Newark, Upper Darby, Trenton, and Haverford. Our staff offers some of the most comprehensive warranties in the industry, including both parts and labor warranties so you never have to worry about the quality of our services.

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