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4 Questions to Ask Before Troubleshooting a Sump Pump December 16, 2019

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4 Questions to Ask Before Troubleshooting a Sump Pump, Elko, Nevada

Sump pumps help preserve the condition of the basement by removing excess moisture and keeping the area dry. However, when issues develop and cause a malfunction, you need to get emergency plumbing repairs immediately. Consider the following questions to determine how best to proceed.

4 FAQ About Sump Pump Troubleshooting

How do I check for functionality?

It’s a simple process. Remove the pump plug and place it into the main power outlet. This should cause the system to kick into gear and start running. If it doesn’t, there’s a problem with the internal mechanisms. Return the pump plug to its original position to avoid overheating.

What are the most common reasons for pump failure?

plumbingThe pump might not be big enough to handle the amount of water that’s in the basement. Once the drain reaches maximum capacity, any additional water will backflow and burn out the motor. It could also be that bits of debris are clogging up the opening. The pull of the water drags dust particles and loose material toward the pump and causes a gradual accumulation.

What can I do?

Call for emergency plumbing repairs. A professional will know what to look for and identify the issue before it gets out of hand. If it’s a question of sizing, they’ll recommend installing an additional pump to account for the water level. For clogs, they’ll carefully clean out the pipes and open up the pump to ensure that there’s no residue among the mechanisms.  

How long do sump pumps usually last?

With proper maintenance, a sump pump can last up to 10 years. However, issues can develop and decrease its longevity. You need to schedule regular plumbing inspections and repairs to restore its condition and prevent the need for premature replacement.  


If you suspect there’s an issue with the sump pump, reach out to Snyder Mechanical of Elko, NV. These local plumbing contractors boast more than 30 years of experience and specialize in emergency plumbing repairs. They’re available 24/7 and utilize the latest diagnostics equipment to pinpoint the problem. They also work with a variety of heating and cooling systems and are the region’s preferred mechanical contractor. Visit their website for a full list of services or call (775) 738-5616 to request a free estimate.

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