For many people, unwanted water is a problem in the basement or crawl space. This water occurs during periods of rain. Sump pumps prevent water from entering the lower housing areas by submerging the pump in the water. When the levels rise above the desired amount, the pump turns on and lowers the level. If your sump pump is not removing excess water, it is likely clogged. This guide will demonstrate how to fix the clog. This is job that does not require a high level of skill and this is the most common residential plumbing problems.
- Flashlight or other source of light
- Plastic waterproof gloves
- Wet rag
Step 1. Turn off the Electricity
There are a couple places that the power could be coming from. Make sure that the plugs surrounding the sump pump are unplugged. In addition, you need to check the electrical panel and make sure it is also turned off.
Step 2. Inspect the Discharge Pipe
The discharge pipe is located outside wherever the water flows. This is the easiest place to check and see if it is clogged. Common items that might cover the end of the pipe include leaves, a baseball, or an accumulation of dirt.
Step 3. Check the Water Level
Go back inside and look at the water level in the basement or crawl space. If it is receding, the problem was likely resolved by completing the second step. If not, proceed to the next step.
Step 4. Remove the Basin Lid
On the sump pump, remove the basin lid in order to look at where water enters the pump.
Step 5. Clean out Debris from Pump
Using your flashlight, look for any debris that is clogging the pump and make sure this is removed. If you cannot see the debris with the sump pump still in the water, you will need to remove it and place it on the ground. Using the wet rag, clean out the pipe and remove all possible debris.
Step 6. Turn Electricity on
At this point, you should be ready to test and see if the clog was removed. Turn all of the electricity back on to the sump pump. Remember the plug and the electric panel.
Step 6. Test the Function
It is possible that your pump is not actually clogged, but actually needs to be replaced. To determine this, pour water into the basin. Monitor the float that determines when water should be removed from the pump. If it is working properly, the water should easily exit the basin to keep the float at the desired level.
Step 7. Return the Sump Pump
If the basin water is clearing appropriately, you are ready to place the sump pump back. Lower it back into the water if you took it out. Otherwise, simply closed the lid and clean up the area in which you worked.
If this does not work it could mean that your pump went bad. However, the above process is easy to do and the first thing you should check in the event of a malfunctioning sump pump. This device has saved many homeowners from potentially expensive repairs from water damage. Mold and mildew are two of the most common problems that are prevented from using a sump pump.