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Sump Pump Installation and Repair Services

Although a sump pump is not required in every home, Midwest Plumbing strongly advises sump pump installation services for homes with a crawlspace or basement. Because sump pumps are typically installed in a space below ground level in your home, this is the case. Our team of skilled plumbers can walk you through the installation service and help you figure out which type is best for your home.

To assure you comprehend the purpose or function of sump pumps, here are four simple facts:

  • A perimeter drain allows rain or natural ground water to enter your home. This water will fill a pit, and your system will pump it out into a dry well or a storm drain.
  • In homes with space below ground level, a sump pump is frequently required. When it rains heavily, this space floods without a sump pump. By pushing water out before it reaches the top of the sump pit, your system can assist to prevent flooding.
  • Every sump pump fails at some point throughout its lifespan. If your power goes out, for example, it will not work. This is why, in addition to your primary, you should have a battery-powered backup sump pump. If you lose power due to a severe storm, this can assist prevent flooding in your home.
  • Dumping water into your pit is a good way to see if it’s working properly. You can hear the pump start up and start pumping water out. In the spring, before the big rains, make sure your system is working to avoid flooding.

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Most folks don’t consider about sump pump repair until it’s too late. Unfortunately, failing to replace your sump pump and resulting in a flood that can cost you thousands of dollars. Sump pumps and service are sometimes ignored, but they are an important part of your home’s plumbing system since they keep your downstairs, crawl space, or any other low-lying region dry. It’s always preferable to schedule sump pump repair  or service maintenance before they fail than to return home to a flood!

Sump Pump Replacement

It can be difficult to pick between all of the installation choices available when purchasing a new sump pump. Do you intend to install a submersible sump pump? What about a sump pump on a pedestal? How much power do you require? Don’t be concerned! Your Midwest Plumbing plumber will go over all of your alternatives with you. We have a variety of models to pick from, as well as sump pump installation and battery backup installation. Professional-grade pumps with at least a 3-year warranty are installed by us. Our professional, courteous plumbers can assist you in selecting the finest system for your home’s size and budget and also scheduling sump pump installation.

Sump Pump Repair

Midwest Plumbing can assist you with the repair of your home’s current sump pump. Are you unsure if you require a service repair? Look for the following signs:

  • The water level in the pit does not appear to be decreasing.
  • The sump pump seems to be on all the time.
  • The sump pump is too loud.

Stepping downstairs and feeling a moist “squish” between your toes is the worst feeling. The situation can be much more depressing if your basement is finished. Sump pumps can fail for a variety of causes, including power outages, age, and even infrequent use. To avoid the “squishy” experiences, a good, durable, professional-grade sump pump is a necessary, and it should be replaced (at a minimum) every three to five years to avoid a sump pump emergency if the primary sump pump failing.

Sump Pump Is Constantly Running

…and it isn’t because it wants to “get in shape!” Rather, this is an indication that your sump pump is nearing the end of its useful life. Sump pumps don’t like to run dry, and if one is running while there isn’t any water in the sump pump pit, it can cause a “switching” issue. The switch on your sump pump can be fixed, altered, or replaced, depending on the model. Our sump pump professionals can assess the situation and ensure that your sump pump is “working out” appropriately.

A backup sump pump is required.

Let’s be honest, how often do we check our sump pumps? They, by their very nature, we have sump pump failure at the most inconvenient times. Thousands of dollars in damage can be caused by a flooding. Floating family relics are more difficult to replace than large-screen televisions. “A basement without a backup is like a skydiver without a parachute,” says an ancient plumbing saying. You get the picture. Protect your home and family items for less than you think by installing a professionally installed backup system. Backup sump pumps come in a variety of sorts and styles, including battery backup sump pump, AC/DC backups, all-in-one sump pump systems, and water-powered backups. Your Midwest plumber can assist you in determining which system is best for your home and help with sump pump repairs.

Sump Pump Repair and Installation

Water damage is a costly threat to your home, particularly when it rains heavily. A good sump pump for your home keeps your basement and crawl space flooded. This plumbing equipment not only protects the structure and contents of your home, but it also helps you avoid mold and mildew problems that thrive in damp environments.

When the ground is saturated with water, a sump pump may keep your crawlspace or basement dry by pumping and directing water away from the foundation. If your sump pump fails, typically your downstairs may flood, resulting in costly damage to your home, furnishings, and irreplaceable mementos such as family photos. It’s critical to have a dependable sump pump to safeguard your home while it’s raining heavily.

According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, underground dampness affects more than 60% of American homes. Many of us will have a flooded basement or crawlspace at some point, and it only takes a small amount of water to wreak thousands of dollars in damage to your home and belongings – a steep price to pay when a simple piece of plumbing equipment might have saved you the money. Unfortunately, water damage can destroy many items in houses that are sentimental in nature and cannot be replaced or repaired.

How Does a Sump Pump Work?

The sump pump is used to maintain the area dry and flooding-free due to rising groundwater levels. The sump pump is installed in a sump pit, which is a hole dug below ground level in your basement or crawl space.

As groundwater seeps into the basement or crawl space, it naturally flows to the sump pit, which is the lowest place in the structure. Sump pumps remove water from the pit and direct it away from your home via a discharge line, keeping your basement or crawl space dry. The water is absorbed by the ground and is carried away from your home.

Types of Primary Sump Pumps

The submersible and the pedestal sump pump are the two types of pumps designed for primary application. A submersible type sits in the sump pit, and the pump is activated when the float switch detects excessive water levels in the pit. A pedestal type sits above the water in the pit, keeping the pump’s motor dry.

Do you need a battery backup?

Even if you have a primary sump pump, what happens if:

  • What if the power goes out?
  • What if the primary pump fails down?
  • Has your sump pump’s float switch become stuck?

Not only do you improve protection for your property and valuable belongings by installing a battery backup pump, but you also avoid the unpleasant experience of hours of cleanup time, the cost of professional restoration services, and the replacement of property and equipment damaged by flooding.

It’s time to call a professional if your sump pump isn’t working properly. Unfortunately, if the pump fails, resulting in a flooded basement, failing to be proactive with repairs can cost thousands of dollars.  The protection from this is having backup sump pump installed.

Sump pumps are sometimes disregarded since they are out of sight, yet they are an important part of your home’s plumbing system. They’re made to keep your basement, crawl space, or any other low-lying location sheltered and dry. It’s always preferable to schedule maintenance or repairs before they fail than to return home to a flooded basement!


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What is a sump pump?

A sump pump removes collected ground water from a basement floor basin and pipes it to a storm drain or detention pond. A perforated water collection pipe called a drain tile is installed in the foundation footer around the perimeter of the home. Ground water falls into the drain tile and is directed by gravity flow through the pipe to the sump crock at the lowest point of the basement floor. As the collected water level rises in the sump pit, a float switch activates the electric sump pump, forcing water out of the pit, through a pipe and safely away from the home

How many years does a sump pump last?

The life expectancy of a sump pump depends on how often it operates. If your sump pump runs often, you should replace it every five years to ensure your basement will be protected from flooding during and after heavy rainfall. If your sump pump barely ever operates, you can expect it to last 7-10 years. But if you do not have a battery-powered backup sump pump or a water-powered backup pump, we recommend that your main sump pump be replaced every five years. If your sump pump operates frequently, it’s because there is a lot of ground water present around your home’s foundation and your pump must turn itself on to deal with it. The float switch is the moving part that typically fails first on a sump pump, rendering it incapable of turning itself on when water fills the sump pit.

Should I have a backup battery on my sump pump?

A battery-powered backup sump pump will operate in the event of a power failure or if your primary sump pump stops working for any reason. If your basement is finished or you store anything you care about in your basement, you should have a backup sump pump in place. The cost of having a backup sump pump is negligible compared to the cost of flood cleanup and water restoration services. Most insurance companies will discount a homeowner’s insurance policy if there is a backup sump pump system installed.

Does Midwest Plumbing fix sump pumps?

Yes, Midwest Plumbing replaces broken sump pumps and installs backup sump pump systems to provide an extra layer of protection from basement flooding. Sump pumps are usually extremely reliable appliances, but they work hard and typically wear out within 5-7 years. Due to their relatively low cost, it is not economical for plumbers to repair sump pumps or replace parts on one. When sump pumps fail, they are generally considered to be worn out and should be completely replaced with a new pump. 

Why is my sump pump not draining?

There are several possible reasons why your sump pump isn’t draining. Based on your question, we’ll assume that your sump pump is running, but not efficiently removing water from the sump pit. The first step is to temporarily unplug your sump pump so you can safely inspect it. Next, shine a bright light over the sump pit so you can see what you’re doing and work safely. Carefully, reach beneath the pump (be sure the pump is not plugged in!) and feel for debris that may have been sucked up against the pump’s intake screen or into the impeller to impair the pump’s performance. A small piece of paper or plastic can restrict the amount of water the pump can remove. Scoop out all pebbles and other debris out of the pit. A wet/dry vacuum can very effectively remove loose debris. Check the action of the float switch to be sure that it can move freely. Be sure the pump’s electrical cord isn’t in the way or getting tangled around the float switch.

After these simple checks, plug-in your sump pump again. If there isn’t enough water in the pit to activate the pump, manually pull up on the float switch to test the sump pump and observe whether it is working properly. At this point, if the pump just hums but will not remove water, then it has probably failed and will need to be replaced. The most common part failure on a sump pump is the float switch, but in most cases, it is more cost-effective to replace the entire sump pump than to replace individual parts, especially when you consider the life expectancy of a sump pump is only 5-7 years.

If the pump does seem to be pumping, but the water isn’t passing through the ejection pipe, it’s possible that the check valve in the pipe has become dislodged or there is some other blockage in the pipe that is preventing the water from getting to its intended destination (usually a storm drain or culvert). Sometimes the drainage pipes fill with silt and need to be cleaned. A clogged ejection drainpipe can completely restrict water flow from the sump pump to the storm drain.

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