The Root of the Problem: Dealing With Sump Pump Basin Issues

by | Mar 31, 2023 | Sump Pumps

Sump pumps are an essential component of any basement waterproofing system. They help prevent basement flooding and water damage by collecting excess water and pumping it out of the home.  However, a sump pump is only as effective as its sump pump basin. In this blog post, we will explore common sump pump basin issues and how they can impact the proper functioning of the sump pump system.

Common Sump Pump Basin Issues

Here are some common sump pump issues that homeowners should be aware of: 

  • Debris Buildup: Sump pump basins can accumulate debris such as dirt, rocks, and leaves. This debris can clog the sump pump, reducing its effectiveness and potentially causing the basement to flood.
  • Corrosion: Sump pump basins are often made of metal, which can corrode over time. Corrosion can cause the sump pump to weaken, leading to leaks and potential flooding.
  • Cracks: Cracks in the basin can also develop over time, allowing water to seep into the basement. This can happen due to the use of improper materials during installation.

Dealing With Debris Buildup 

Debris buildup is a common issue that can impact the proper functioning of the sump pump system. When debris — such as dirt, rocks, and leaves — accumulates in the sump pump basin, it can impede water flow and cause clogs. Clogs can prevent the sump pump from effectively pumping out water, leading to potential basement flooding.

To address debris buildup, we recommend following a few simple steps. First, turn off the power to the sump pump to ensure safety. Next, remove water from the basin using a small bucket or similar tool. Then, use a shop vac or other tool to remove the debris from the basin. Be sure to clean it at least once a year and dispose of the debris properly to prevent it from entering the plumbing system.

Addressing Corrosion Issues 

Corrosion is another common issue that can impact the proper functioning of the sump pump system. The corrosion can weaken and break the basin, which may cause damage to the sump pump’s motor and impede its ability to pump water effectively.

Different types of corrosion include uniform, pitting, and crevice corrosion. Uniform corrosion occurs when the entire surface of the metal is affected while pitting and crevice corrosion occurs in localized areas.

We recommend using corrosion-resistant materials such as stainless steel or plastic when installing a new sump pump system to prevent and address corrosion. Additionally, applying protective coatings can help prevent corrosion from occurring.

Repairing Cracks in the Sump Pump Basin 

When cracks develop in the sump pump basin, water seepage and potential flooding leading to water damage can occur in basements. It’s essential to promptly address any cracks in the basin to prevent further damage and ensure the proper functioning of the sump pump system.

Our team recommends following a few simple steps to repair cracks in the sump pump. First, thoroughly clean the area around the crack to ensure the epoxy or sealant can adhere properly. 

Next, apply a waterproof epoxy or sealant to the crack and smooth it out using a putty knife or similar tool. Allow the epoxy or sealant to dry completely before turning the power back on to the sump pump.

The Importance of Professional Sump Pump Maintenance 

While regular maintenance of the sump pump system can prevent and address issues, hiring a professional plumbing company for comprehensive maintenance is crucial. Professional maintenance offers several benefits, including expertise, experience, and proper equipment.

Professional plumbers have the knowledge and experience to identify potential issues with the sump pump system, including problems with the basin. They also have access to specialized tools and equipment that can detect and address issues that may not be visible to the naked eye.

Regular maintenance from a professional plumbing company can prevent and address sump pump issues before they cause damage. Plumbers can thoroughly clean the sump pump basin, inspect it for signs of corrosion, test the pump to ensure it functions correctly, and determine how deep a sump pump basin should be.

Protect Your Home With Proper Sump Pump Maintenance

Sump pumps protect your home from water damage and basement flooding. To ensure that your sump pump system operates effectively, it’s essential to promptly address any sump pump basin issues. Regular professional maintenance of your sump pump system can help prevent issues before they arise, providing you with peace of mind and protection. 

If you need assistance with your sump pump system, don’t hesitate to contact Jolly Plumbing. Our expert technicians are equipped to handle any sump pump issues and can provide the reliable service you need to keep your home safe and dry.

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