Quick Sump Pump Guide for Your Flooded Basement

There are two types of Colorado Springs homeowners: those who never worry about flooding and those who constantly worry about flooding due to our sudd...

There are two types of Colorado Springs homeowners: those who never worry about flooding and those who constantly worry about flooding due to our sudden spring downpours. For homeowners who use sump pumps as an affordable way to keep their basement floor dry, yearly monitoring is required to keep your pump working year after year. However, if you installed the unit yourself or have never had to use it, it may be unclear on how do routine testing. 

Annual Testing

Most sump pumps are simple machines that pump water out of the sump pit once a certain water level has been reached. The simplest way to test your pump is to add water until the float is lifted high enough to engage. Let the water pump out to see if the switch disengages and then pour more water in to see if it re-engages. Pouring water into the unit will also help you determine if there are any clogs in the pump or the pipes. Go to where the outside pipe catches the water from the pump basin and clean out any debris you find.   


The following are some common issues you could run across throughout the year and some tips on how to fix them.

Pump does not engage: First check if the unit is plugged in. If power isn’t an issue, next check to make sure the switch isn’t stuck to the side wall of the pump. If the pump still isn’t engaging then it may be a failed float switch.

Pump or pipe is clogged: Unclog the pump by scooping out any debris you can visually see and then flush it out by running clean water through the system as many times as needed, making sure to clear the drainage pipe as well.

Basement floods even though the pump works: You may have a subpar pump. For anyone who experiences multiple floods per year or has their basement converted to living space, investing in a ½ horse power unit with a cast iron core is important. Having a battery powered back up pump is also advisable if there’s a chance your main pump gets overwhelmed.

Undetermined: If there is no discernible reason for your pump failing, it may be that it’s old. Replace your pump every 5-7 years to ensure optimal performance.

When should you call in the experts?

You should call in an expert if you cannot pinpoint what the problem may be or you’ve determined the issue may be electrical or mechanical. A professional plumber in colorado Springs will be able to determine the cause of the issue and order the correct parts you need for repair. If you are considering a pump, but haven’t bought one yet, consider hiring a professional to install the unit for you so that you know any future issues aren’t due to incorrect installation.  

Without regular testing and maintenance, your sump pump can fail at the critical moment you need it. Water damage can destroy your flooring and drywall, create poor air quality due to mold, and erode the foundation of your home. Correctly installing your unit and consistent maintenance can save you thousands in repair costs. Contact a plumbing company for help with your sump pump problems in Colorado Springs.

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