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Why is My Sump Pump Running When It Isn’t Raining?


It’s a beautiful day and you’re taking in the sunshine when you can hear a roar of water coming from the house! The sump pump has been hard in its work, but how did it get there?

We’ll look at five causes the sump pump may work even though it’s raining, and the reasons that require a visit for your plumber.

1. An increase in the Water Table

Storms in spring can leave lasting consequences for the level of water in. It could take several days after the storm for the table of water to return to its normal level. Also, although it might be sunny however, the table of water shows an accumulation of the previous day’s rain.

The effects of construction on run-off, or the flow of a nearby stream one that has been overflowed or changed the course of its flow can lead to the rise of the levels of the water table.

An elevated water table may result in a basement that is flooded or cause other flooding problems. If you observe any signs of floods or prolonged periods of work due to your sump pump contact the plumber to look for the possibility of a leak in your ground or a sump pump malfunction.

2. A Sump Pump System that is too small

Sump pumps are designed to be rated according to the capacity of their pumps, which means they are able to transport water over in the exact vertical distance that it requires to leave the basement.

The discharge pipe should be constructed properly to allow water to be moved away efficiently. Insufficient power or small of a pipe could result in the sump pump system to start more often and may take longer time to remove the water.

If this is the case, you should consult an authorized plumber to determine the sump pump’s capacity. There is a chance that it’s not enough to your house.

3. A Damaged Float Switch

The float in your sump pump acts as a trigger mechanism that trigger the release of water. Sometimes , that float gets stuck to the sides, or get stuck in the “up” position or “on” situation and cause the sump pump to operate constantly.

It is possible to remove the float using a manual method. A damaged float requires replacement.

4. A Blocked Drainage

Sump pumps depend on an outlet to transfer the home’s basement and out to the exterior. In time, dirt and debris could traverse the pump and block the drains.

If you are able to hear your sump pump roaring, but the flow of water seems uneven, you should check your drain for blockages. Based on the distance that the obstruction is close to the surface the blockage could be possible clean it up yourself or seek out an experienced plumbing expert.

5. Sump Pump Problems with the Sump Pump

Your sump pump must function with no sound at working most of the time. Sump pumps making loud noises could be causing a tilt due to the vibrations that accompany their jobs.

It’s a good idea to perform an inspection by hand to be sure that the sump pump is operating properly and to identify the issues creating inefficiency.

Get in touch with Midwest Plumbing for Sump Pump Service

The professionals of Midwest Plumbing can help identify if your sump pumps are running too much or at a regular pace. Along with conducting tests and repairs to the sump pump, we are able to recommend the ideal back-up system for your sump pump that is suitable for your house so that you’re assured that the sump pump is doing what it is supposed to.