overhead view of a sump pump in a basement in edmonton

What Every Homeowner Should Know About Sump Pumps

If your basement floods, getting rid of the resulting water will be just one of your worries. Issues such as mould, bad odours and water-damage can be just as problematic and take longer to resolve. That’s why prevention is key and why installing a sump pump is a must.

Here’s what every homeowner should know about this often over-looked necessity.


How do sump pumps work?

If your home has a sump pump, it’s located in the basement in a hole referred to as a sump pit. This pit collects ground water from the drainage system and soil beneath your home. When the water level in the pit reaches a certain height, the sump pump forces the excess water through a discharge pipe that drains a few metres away from the house’s foundation.


Why are they important?

Sump pumps prevent flooding and can protect your basement and the rest of your home from possible water damage. For this reason, they are a good investment for most homeowners.

Some houses, however, are more susceptible to flooding than others. The terrain and type of soil on your property can be factors that influence how concerned you should be. The grading of your yard, for example, might cause water to flow toward the foundation. If this is the case, a sump pump should be a part of the solution.

A sump pump is also necessary to protect against flooding caused by heavy rainfall and snowmelt.


What are the signs of a malfunction?

Homeowners should be able to recognize if there’s a problem with their sump pump. The most common signs that something is wrong are:

  • Unusual noises (grinding or rattling)
  • Vibration while the pump is running
  • Running even when the pit is empty
  • Frequent and/or prolonged cycling
  • Rust and other indicators decay

These issues can signal one or more possible problems, so it’s best to get your sump pump inspected by a professional plumber. You should also test your pump on a regular basis by filling up the pit to make sure it drains properly.


What happens if you delay repairs?

You may be tempted to put off fixing your sump pump, but ignoring any of the abovementioned signs will increase the risk that your basement might flood. A faulty sump pump won’t perform optimally if exposed to heavy waterflow. It might even fail completely when you need it most.

A problem with the sump pump can also increase the level of dampness in your basement, especially if your home is built under the water table.


Contact A Sump Pump Repair Expert – Call Modern Air & Water!

Sump pumps play a crucial role in protecting your home from water damage. At Modern Air & Water, we provide a range of plumbing and HVAC services to businesses and homes in and around the Edmonton area. Contact us today if you need help with your sump pump or any other plumbing issue! We can also be reached 24/7 by calling 780-475-6484.