5 Common Sump Pump Problems

If you want that your basement should always stay dry, it is better to prevent the sump pump problems than to solve them intensively when they have already appeared.

Common Sump Pump Problems blog Tornado Plumbing & Drains

You can pay much more for the repair works if your sump pump goes out of order. You will need to fix it immediately because even a little water can result in huge damage.

First of all, it is important to know what a sump pump is and why you need to take care of it. The sump pump system is developed for pumping water from your house foundation through another pipe, a discharge one. When the sump pump is out of order, the basement can get flooded and the result of it is usually a costly redecoration. Even small amounts of water can lead to much damage, especially if the water is standing and your basement floor is covered with it. In a while, the situation can result in the appearance of nasty mold issues.

Do not wait until your wet basement dries out and the sump pump problems vanish like a bubble. It is always better to avoid such challenges. The first step to it is the correct and reasonable choice of your sump pump.

Here are some common sump pump problems you may encounter.

1.     The pump is overwhelmed

It happens when you didn’t pick out the correct size of your sump pump. Because of that, the equipment is not able to deal with big water volumes. The flooded basement can be an obvious outcome of this wrong choice. Think about another sump pump when a single item does not handle all the water.

2.     Burning out of the pump may happen

There are many reasons why the sump pump can become burnt out. Among them, let us highlight a wrong float switch, the underpowered and overworked pump, and many other causes connected with the incorrect choice. It is especially important to avoid cheap equipment made of inexpensive and undurable components and materials that do not last. They may fail any time right at the moment when you need their steadiness badly, for example, when the winter is extremely wet.

3.       The loss or outage of power leads to sump pump failure

The sump pump can lose its power because of some reason. Among the most common ones, let us mention the unplugged pump, power outage, or a tripped circuit breaker. There are some others but you should remember that no sump pump can work smoothly when there is no power or power outage happens too often.

4.     The intake is blocked

The intake can become clogged or blocked rather often. That does not allow the pump to extract water from a sump line or sump pit.

5.     The discharge line can also be clogged or frozen

The discharge pipe is a part of the equipment that takes water away from the home through the sump pump. This pipe can get clogged with roots or rocks, dirt or sand, and other kinds of garbage. The water in this discharge line can get frozen during the wintertime and block the system completely. 


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How to Prepare Basement for Winter?

It is a common knowledge that winters in Toronto are very cold, top it up with closeness to the lake and you have perfect conditions for basement flooding. This is the last thing you want to deal with during the cold season. Decrease of temperature and icing of the water in soil can cause cracks and leaks letting the moisture to your basement. As a result you could have mildew, mold and damage to the staff you store in the basement.

You can prepare for it in advance to avoid the consequences. Below are tips on how to prepare your basement for winder to avoid headaches during the holiday season:

Check if There is Any Water Around Basement Windows

One of the ways for moisture to enter your home are windows. Walk around your house after the rain and check if there is any water near windows of your basement. Look for accumulations of water around window wells of the basement or for spots in the lawn where water does not drain.

If there are pools of water and you do have cracks in the foundation it may cause problems. Also, check for any running water from basement windows.

Window treatmens could be a temporary fix, though eventually you may need to replace your window wells.

Make Sure Your Sump Pump is functioning

Check for water pooling around sump pump hose, this may be happening due to dips in the concrete of the basement floor. When temperature goes below zero degrees and water freezes in unheated basements, it can cause break down of the sump pump or just temporary stop.

Your discharge lines have to be insulated to ensure the water is pumped freely away from the foundation. In the worst case scenario ice may cause damage to your sump pump and you will have to change it.

If you do notice that water is collecting around the pump or that sump pump is working, call professionals from Tornado Plumbing for repair.

Cracks in Seal

If you have any cracks on the exterior of the basement it may result into water leaking into basement during rain season or when the snow is melting. It becomes even bigger problem if the water that go into those cracks freezes again, as it will expand and make cracks even bigger.
Several cycles of this process could happen in one winter and your will end up having wide cracks in the foundation, which would cause mold and moist in the basement.

To prepare for winter, check concrete for cracks before the weather becomes frosty. If you know how to fill cracks you can apply some hydraulic cement or silicone to cracks smaller than two mm. And if you are not comfortable with filling those cracks yourself, call Tornado Plumbing for help.

Clean Snow Around the House

You do not want any snow, water or ice anywhere close to you the walls of your basement. Thus, you need to shovel snow away from the house and remove any ice, before it melts and gets into the cracks to freeze again. Also, do not pile snow or ice very close to the house, move it to the far
end of your backyard.

Clear Your Gutters from Debris

Always make sure your gutters are clean and nothing is blocking water flow, before winter. If you have any soil or leafs there it will cause water to go directly into the soil around the building and freezing when the frost starts. Check all gutters and drains are clean and water can travel at least five feet away from the house.

Protect Pipepes from Freezing

When water freezes it expands and if that happens in the pipes burst. To save your house from burst pipes, make sure that waterlines are well protected from cold air and freezing temperatures. Insulation can help or putting heater in the spaces with no central heating. You can also drip warm water overnight.

If you notice high humidity levels in your basement or if you know it has poor drainage, you may need basement waterproofing. Waterproofers from Tornado Plumbing are always here to help!

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