How Does a Sump Pump Work?

Many homeowners install sump pumps as a plumbing solution to prevent flooding and wet basements. They work by removing the water accumulation in a water-collecting basin. When water leaks into the basement after heavy storms, the water level rises and will eventually lift the float switch high enough that the sump pump activates and allows groundwater to be pumped out of the basement.

Installing a sump pump can keep water off your basement floor and help to prevent mold. When sump pumps fail, however, they can leave your home or business with flooding, a backed-up drain, and a plumbing system that has ground to a halt. It’s smart to install an alarm to alter homeowners of high water levels when it rains. Other models include a battery backup system in case of power outages. Homeowners should consider these options to ensure the safety of their homes at all times.

Sump Pump Services Offered By KS Services

Sump Pump Maintenance

At a minimum, your sump pump should receive maintenance once per year. During these annual tune-ups, your technicians will carry out a variety of checks and plumbing upkeep, including:

  • Unplugging and removing the pump from the basin to check for rust and corrosion, then cleaning the inlet screen.
  • Removing the basin and checking for debris
  • Check the valve of the sump pit
  • Reinstalling the pump and plugging it back into the power outlet.
  • Checking the condition of the discharge pipe and ensuring it is not obstructed by vegetation or dirt.
  • Inspect the battery backup
  • Ensuring the system drains fully and is free from residual water that could freeze in winter.


Sump Pump Repair

Our Birmingham, AL sump pump repair services ensure your system is working as efficiently as possible to keep your basement dry. Whether your sump pump issues are common or complex, our team of Birmingham plumbers is expertly trained to deal with it all.

Sump Pump Replacement and Installation

Sump pumps that are reaching the end of their working life are more likely to require a replacement. You may also need a replacement or installation if you are moving into a new home. Whatever the reason, a professional plumber from KS Services will provide exceptional sump pump installation services in Birmingham, AL.

Signs Your Sump Pump Needs To Be Repaired or Replaced

Old Age

On average, these plumbing systems last around ten years. If you notice your unit begins to malfunction or stops working altogether, you’ll likely need a professional fix or a new sump pump installed.

Loud Noises

Loud noises coming from your basement sump pump can indicate damaged or worn components. If the motor noise is loud, it could be a sign of a failed bearing. Rattling or grinding sounds suggest a compromised impeller – the fan at the bottom that forces water into the pumps.

It Constantly Runs

If your system runs all the time, it could suggest a switch problem. This could indicate that the unit cannot handle the amount of water it is supposed to, so you may need to consider replacing it.

Visible Rust

Brown rust on your system could either be from corroded battery terminals or due to bacteria. The latter is typically known as Iron Bacteria because of its color, with the iron causing discoloration. Even though this form of bacteria is not a health hazard, it will cause plumbing issues with your drainage system and water flow.

Motor Issues

If your system is experiencing motor issues, it could be because of an internal wiring failure. This could prevent water from exiting your home. In the worst-case scenario, the water could stop moving entirely, causing the motor to over-run and burn out.

Constant Vibrating

If your system is constantly vibrating, the likely cause is a damaged impeller. This component draws water into the mechanism. However, it can also pull in debris. If the impeller is bent, you’ll likely need to replace the unit.

Contact KS Services for Sump Pump Repair and Replacement Services

If you are unsure of whether your system needs a repair or a replacement, don’t hesitate to contact us here at KS Services for Birmingham, AL sump pump repair service. Our team of trained experts in the Birmingham area has over a decade’s worth of experience. With us, you know you’re in good hands.

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