Sump Pumps

    Your Home’s Sump Pump

    A sump pump may just seem like another appliance, most often forgotten. Out of sight, out of mind. Except, when your basement becomes an indoor swimming pool.

    A sump pump is a pump in your homes basement that removes accumulated water collected in a water-collecting sump basin. Most often, heavy rain water or melted snow funnels in the basin and when the floating sump pump is triggered, pumps the water out of your home. Similar to a toilet, if the sump pump is not activated or fails to work, water will continue to fill and eventually seep out into your basement. Sump pumps operate off electricity, so having a generator or battery powered sump pump will ensure functionality even during a power outage.

    You can conduct an inspection of your sump pump or call an expert from Above and Beyond Plumbing to make sure you’re ready when snow melts and spring showers hit.

    Power Outage

    If you lose electricity, your sump pump will not work. A backup battery powered sump pump is highly recommended. Above and Beyond Plumbing offers installation of battery powered sump pumps.


    Debris can get caught up in the pit or basin. This is common for pits that do not have a lid or covering. An overflow of debris can into the pump system and cause it not to function properly.

    Clogged or Frozen Lines

    If your discharge line is clogged or frozen, water will not leave the pump and instead back up into your basement. If you experience this problem call a plumber immediately. A system can be installed to ensure a clean line.

    Wrong Size Pump or Pit

    Too small of a pit will quickly fill and the sump pump will not be able to keep up with the amount of water collected. Same if the pump is too small for the size of the pit. Consider the horsepower instead of the size when choosing a sump pump. A plumber can help you determine the correct sump pump for your pit or home.

    Properly Working Valves and Switches

    Check Valve-
    If the check valve is missing or broken, water is not directed out of the home, but instead back into the pit causing the pump to do extra work.

    If your switch is stuck in the “On” position and your sump pump is continuously running, the sump pump motor can easily burn up and quit working.

    Proper Sewer Connections

    If your home’s sump pump is connected to the sewer, an overflow of water may cause a backup in the sewer overload the system. Consider disconnecting your pump from the sewer. A Above and Beyond Plumber can direct you the best way to point your sump pump lines.

    Sump Pump Services

    Above and Beyond Plumbing offers a variety of sump pump services. Our certified, expert plumbers are equipped for repair or replacement, simple maintenance or installing battery back-up sump pumps. You should have your sump pump checked each year, preferably before spring. Simple maintenance can help you avoid costly repairs or even replacement. Just as you would take your car in for an oil change, you should service your sump pump to keep it running smoothly all year round and increase the longevity of the pump.

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