Sump pump repair & replace
Sump pumps in Denver are your last line of defense when it comes to keeping your basement and crawl spaces dry and keeping water away from your home’s foundation. If you haven’t inspected your sump pump in the last 60 days or performed any maintenance on your sump pump lately we recommend that you check it out right away. Sump pump maintenance, and repair is at the top of the list for preventing costly damage and the inconvenience of a flooded basement in your home.
Sump pump failures: the main reasons your sump pump fails.
- The sump pump float switch breaks or sticks.
- Water exceeds your sump pumps ability to remove the water.
- Sump pump intake screen becomes clogged.
- Your Sump pump develops airlocks.
- Power failures with no back-up power source.
- Circuit breakers trip and blown fuses.
- Sump pump impeller shafts break.
- Frozen sump pumps in our cold winters.
When your sump pump is working properly, water will fill up the sump pit hole and the pump will come on and begin pumping water into already existing drain pipes. This will take water away from your home’s foundation through your home’s main water drainage system and will prevent your basement from flooding. The sump pump either pumps the sub-surface water to an existing drain line if allowed by code, or it discharges by pipe to the outside of the home.
Most Sump pumps are wired into your home’s electrical system, and we always recommend a power backup in case you lose power in a storm, or during flooding conditions, too make sure you never have a flood in your basement.
Sump pump repairs: our experienced plumbers will check your sump pump’s motor and all the other components that are important to make sure you avert a disaster in your basement or foundation. We service and sell all the major brands of sump pumps used in Denver, and we offer emergency sump pump service 24/7 for the entire Denver Metro Area to help you in case of disasters.
Sump pump: Systems, Parts, Problems, Cost:
Sump pump check valve: The sump pump’s check valve keeps water in the sump pump’s discharge line from returning to the sump pump basin whenever your sump pump shuts off. This is extremely important to avoid flooding in your home.
Sump pump battery backup: Similar to a car battery and also important if you lose power. When the power in your home is on, this auxiliary battery will charge itself. If you have an emergency this backup system will use its DC power to turn itself on, and there’s enough power to run the sump pump for hours until the power comes on again.
Sump pump air lock: Your sump pump can develop air locks which are small pockets of air that surround the impeller on the sump pump and don’t allow the pump to push water up to open the check valve on the sump pump.
Sump pump alarm systems: These very simply have a water-sensitive tip that sets off an alarm whenever the tip comes into contact with water. We feel this is one of the most important additions to any sump pump. There are countless examples of homeowners who have averted disaster because of this simple alarm.
Sump pump maintenance: We’ll fill the sump pit with water to make sure your pump is operating properly, and then we make sure your sump pump is discharging water, and make sure the float in your sump pump is working. We clean the air hole in the sump pump’s discharge line, and listen for any noises that may be coming from the motor in your sump pump. We only replace the battery on the back-up sump pump if we feel it needs it, but the battery usually works fine for around three years.
Sump pump discharge pipes: These pipes will become clogged over time and we’ll make sure they’re open so you keep water out of your basement or crawl space.
Sump pump float switch: This switch activates the pump when water reaches a defined level. This switch is usually the first thing that goes wrong with a sump pump.
Sump Pump Problems and FAQs
Sump pump won’t stop running: The float in the sump pump is usually the problem when a sump pump won’t shut down. Call us and we’ll fix this right away so the pump doesn’t burn up.
Sump pump freezing: This is a common problem in Denver during the winter because the lines freeze outside your home and this will shut down the sump pump system. This needs to be repaired right away.
Will the sump pump burn up if the outdoor pipe freezes? Most new sump pump motors have thermal protection for motor if the pump becomes plugged. If the motor gets too hot, a relay will shut off power to the sump pump motor.
Do you clean or replace the filters in my sump pump? Sump pumps don’t use filters. They have screens where the water enters the sump pump and these will clog, and we do clean these every time we inspect your sump pump.
Where does the water from my home’s sump pump drain too? It’s important that water from the sump pump is drained away from your home’s foundation and basement walls. 15 feet away is usually sufficient so the water drains away from your house and away from your neighbor’s house and property as well.
What kind of electrical circuit is needed for a sump pump? We use a standard 15-amp, 110-volt, three-pronged grounded electrical outlet for sump pumps, and we always install a ground fault interrupter (GFI) for your family’s safety.
How long will a sump pump last? This always depends on how long they have to run and how much water they pump, but it’s not uncommon for the newer sump pumps to last for at least 5 years with proper maintenance. We always recommend replacing the switch and float every two years.
We hope this helps to answer any questions you have about sump pumps in Denver, if you have any other questions please call us at 303.436.2525 and we’ll answer any questions you have about sump pumps.