Posted on 10/28/2014


A properly working sump pump can consistently and reliably spare you the hassle and expense of dealing with a flooded basement. When that sump pump malfunctions, however, you can be in for a rude awakening. To avoid such a scenario, make a point to maintain your sump pump and check to see that it is working to pump water out of your basement whenever you are home during a big storm. In order to address problems as soon as they arrive, be aware of common sump pump issues, including:

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Switch Failure
More often than not, a sump pump problem can be linked to the sump pump switch. Debris and movement of the sump pump in the sump pit can interfere with the switch’s ability to activate your pump. Whenever you on your sump pump, ensure that the switch and float-arm assembly are able to move freely.

Clogged Discharge Pipe
If your discharge pipe is clogged with sediment or debris, your sump pump must work harder than usual to channel water out of the sump pit and away from your home’s foundation. You can prevent a clogged discharge pipe by inspecting the pipe for debris every few months and regularly maintaining your sump pump.

Frozen Drainage Pipe
Frozen drainage pipes are fairly common in the Chicago area. In order to keep a from drainage pipe from trapping water in your sump pit or basement, hire a plumber to install an apparatus that can divert water so that it can still exit your basement when the drainage pipe is frozen.

Unpleasant Noises
Banging, squealing, and slurping noises are at least signs that your sump pump is trying to work, but that it probably is not working properly. Perform a routine sump pump cleaning and maintenance check. If this does not solve the problem, hire a plumber.

Committed to maintaining and repairing the plumbing infrastructure in our Libertyville customers’ homes, Arrow Plumbing, Inc. is a full-service plumbing company. If your sump pump is not working properly and you want to have it inspected and repaired by an experienced professional, call (847) 549-9600 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced plumbers.