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Sump Pump Repair Services

Harper's Plumbing team of plumbing experts is on call around the clock, ready to provide regular sump pump upkeep, replace sump pumps, install backup sump pump systems, and deliver prompt emergency sump pump repairs.

What is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump, a submersible device situated at the lowest point of a house—typically the basement—serves to prevent water buildup. It operates by funneling groundwater to a perimeter drainage system around the foundation's base. This system's pipes are perforated, allowing water to enter and gather in a designated sump pit. When water in the pit reaches a certain level, as detected by a float switch, the sump pump activates, channeling the water away to a storm drain, dry well, or detention basin, thus safeguarding the home from water damage around its foundation and under the basement floor. Harper's Plumbing can help you with your existing system or finding and installing the right sump pump for your home ensuring your have the peace of mind to simply enjoy your space. 

Is a Sump Pump Right for Your Home?

If you reside in Calgary or its vicinity, a sump pump might be a wise investment. Despite Calgary's reputation for dry, sunny weather, many homes in the area are susceptible to moisture issues and potential flooding. Particularly, residences near water bodies or situated in low-lying regions face heightened risks and could find value in installing a sump pump.

Also known as a bilge pump, drain pump, or basement pump, a sump pump plays a crucial role in averting flooding by expelling water from beneath your basement. Positioned in the lowest section of your home, termed a "sump," it gathers water that would otherwise accumulate in your basement, leading to structural damage. Subsequently, the pump transports this water to a sewer line or drainage pipe for removal from your property.

But is a sump pump necessary for your home? Even in relatively arid locales like Calgary, the potential for flooding exists with minimal moisture infiltration. Our team can assess your situation and advise on whether a sump pump would benefit your home. We offer tailored recommendations for optimal models and proficient installation services to safeguard your property from potential water-related issues.

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How Do Sump Pumps Work?

Typically, sump pumps operate in a similar manner: they collect water from French drains and store it in a tank located in your basement or cellar. When the water level rises to a certain point, a motorized pump kicks in, directing the water away from your home and shielding it from potential flooding.

While many homeowners use sump pumps regularly, it's also wise to keep one for emergencies. However, if you rely on your sump pump only for emergencies, it's crucial to test it frequently to ensure it hasn't seized up. A simple test involves pouring water into the tank to see if the motor activates. If it doesn't, don't delay—call for immediate sump pump repair service.

Does My Pump Need Repairs?

Sump pump repair encompasses a spectrum of tasks, ranging from simple part cleanings to complete replacements. Regular maintenance is vital to ensure your sump pump functions effectively when needed most. By promptly addressing any issues and performing necessary repairs, you can rest assured that your sump pump will be ready to tackle potential flooding emergencies without fail.

If your sump pump exhibits unusual behavior, it's crucial not to overlook the issue. However, there's no need to rush into a replacement either. Many sump pump issues can be resolved by a plumber. Signs indicating that your sump pump may require repairs include:

  1. Strange noises: Unusual grinding or rattling sounds emanating from the sump pump may indicate a malfunctioning motor.

  2. Frequent cycling: A sump pump that frequently switches on and off could signal a faulty switch.

  3. Water backup: Water accumulating in your basement or crawlspace suggests that the sump pump isn't functioning correctly.

  4. Vibration: Excessive vibrations or movement in the sump pump may point to issues with the impeller.

  5. Unusual odors: Odd smells could indicate electrical problems or motor damage.

Addressing minor issues promptly can be a cost-effective solution that not only prolongs the lifespan of your sump pump but also prevents the hassle and expense of dealing with flood damage. If your pump needs repairs or replacement Harper's Plumbing is here to help!

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2 Main Types of Sump Pumps

Are you contemplating adding a sump pump or replacing your existing unit? Before making a decision, let's explore the two primary types of pumps to determine which suits your needs:

Submersible Unit

  • The motor of this pump resides within the tank, making it safe for complete submersion in water.

  • Boasts enhanced strength, durability, and longevity compared to other units.

  • Efficiently pumps water at a higher rate per minute, ideal for those depending on the pump for regular usage.
     

Pedestal Pump

  • The motor is elevated on a pedestal above the tank.

  • Not designed for full submersion in water.

  • Operates at a slower rate per minute, catering to individuals relying on the unit for emergency purposes.

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