Homes and businesses with basements or crawl spaces should be equipped with a sump pump, which is designed to prevent flooding. Sump pumps are normally mounted below ground in a sump pump pit. They should be put in the lowest part of the crawl space or basement so any water that does get in the area will flow toward it without human assistance. The role of the sump pump is to pump the water out of the pit through pipes and away from the building so that the basement or crawlspace remains dry. Not having one or having a sump pump that’s leaking can lead to a plethora of issues.
Nearly 70% of homes in the United States are at risk of having unwanted water flood their basement. A small leak will lead to a headache and maybe a few hundred dollars worth of damage. If a basement becomes covered with just a half-inch or more of water, the damage can get into the thousands. Standing water is a worst-case scenario, but even a damp basement can cause serious problems. When water is present it will contribute to the development of mold and mildew, which can cause health and respiratory issues. When water is left to stand for too long or is spread in your basement, permanent damage to the foundation of your home will occur.
How Does a Sump Pump Work?
Sump pumps are not groundbreaking technology, but they bring a great amount of value to whoever has them in their home or business. Most sump pumps turn on automatically when there is unwanted water present, via a float activator arm or a pressure sensor, Within the sump pump pit is a float arm which has a float attached to it. Water exerts more pressure on the sensor than air does, which causes it to rise up and the pump to activate. It is a lot like the ones that are in the back of most toilet tanks. When water causes the float to rise it will turn on the pump which uses an electric motor to pump the water out through the discharge pipe.
What Happens if a Sump Pump Starts Leaking?
If you notice that the sump pump is leaking the first thing you should do is try to identify where the leak is coming from. Prior to finding a leak, make sure your pump is on and the motor is running. Pro tip: If it’s not plugged in, it won’t work. A leaking or clogged pipe coming from the unit is one of the more common causes of this problem. If you notice water dripping from part of the pipe or if you do not see any water coming out from the discharge end, this might be the cause of your leaking sump pump.
An older sump pump or one that has been working overtime can start leaking due to wear and tear. Over time, the bottom of a sump pump will break. There are several different causes for such an issue, but any cracks or loose parts within your pump is a serious problem. An easy way to spot this is if you see oil in the water. Trying to fix these issues without proper training is difficult and can lead to other issues with your leaking sump pump. We suggest contacting a specialist in your area to help with this problem.
Sump pump hoses are commonly attached using a clamp your sump pump, sometimes it might be a zip tie (this isn’t a good idea). If the clamp is broken or then loosened, it may be the cause of your leak. Hoses can often get damaged as well because clamps are too tight, particularly if the hoses have ever been moved with force by accident. A leak that doesn’t start as obvious can get much worse over time.