Sump Pump Repair & Replacement

What is a Sump Pump?
Its job is to keep the area under your home dry and to prevent it from flooding. A Sump Pump is an electric powered pump often installed in the lowest part of a basement or crawlspace. Specially constructed sump pits are used to hold the sump pump in place and act as a basin collecting water from drain tiles in your basement or natural water migration through soil. A professionally installed sump pump can remove excess water from basements and crawlspaces as well as preventing flooding.

Our plumbers at Mi Drain Cleaning can perform new Sump Pump Installations & Replacements.

Sump Pump Maintenance
Help your sump pump efficiency and prolong its life by cleaning the sump pump pit whenever you notice sand or gravel buildup at the bottom of the pit. Remember that a properly installed sump pump will never be bare with the bottom of the catch basin. A Brick Paver or Riser should be used to lift the sump pump approximately three (3) inches from the bottom of the sump pit to prevent small sand or stone particles from becoming lodged in the impeller. Check for blockages in the discharge line and test for check-valve malfunction.

IMPORTANT!!The lack of a check-valve or “one-way” valve in your sump pump installation will force your pump to move water through the discharge line twice and cause the pump to burn out prematurely.

Testing the Sump Pump Routinely
A failing sump pump could lead to a flooded basement or crawlspace. Test taht your sump pump is working properly by adding water to the sump pit. Once the pump turns on it will remove the water from the pit and then turn itself off.

  • Check for obstructions in the sump pumps floater
  • Check for a properly working check valve

Sump Pump Facts

  • A Power outage renders your sump pump useless unless a battery backup system is used.
  • Underpowered pump can’t handle high-volume water intrusion during severe storms.
  • Frozen discharge line can block pumping action in cold weather, forcing water back into the basement.
  • When it comes to Sump Pumps, never go cheap. It may fail when your home needs it the most.