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Sump Pump Service & Installation

What is a Sump Pump?

Due to the amount of rainfall here in Minnesota, sump pumps are a common solution for removing groundwater. A sump pump is a device that is installed in a pit, or sump basin, in the lowest part of a basement or crawl space. The pump removes excess water that accumulates in the pit, preventing flooding and water damage to your home. Sump pumps are typically powered by electricity and are available in two main types: pedestal and submersible.

How do Sump Pumps Work?

Sump pumps work by automatically detecting water in the sump pit and pumping it out of your home. When the water in the pit reaches a certain level, a float switch activates the pump, which then pumps the water out through a discharge pipe and away from your home.

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Our Sump Pump Services

At Gray Duck Plumbing we offer a range of sump pump services to help keep your home protected from water damage. Our sump pump services include:

Sump Pump Installation:

We can install a new sump pump in your basement or crawl space to help prevent water damage.

Sump Pump Pepair

If your sump pump is not functioning properly, we can diagnose and often repair any issues to ensure that it is working as it should.

Sump Pump Maintenance:

Regular maintenance can help extend the life of your sump pump and ensure that it is working properly when you need it most.

Sump pump maintenance involves several steps to ensure that the pump operates efficiently and effectively. Here are some of the common maintenance tasks:

  1. Check the power supply: Ensure that the sump pump is properly connected to a power source and that the power cord is in good condition.

  2. Inspect the pump: Inspect the pump for any signs of damage, such as cracks or rust. Check the float switch to make sure it is working properly.

  3. Clean the pump: Remove any debris or sediment that may have accumulated in the sump pit or around the pump. This will prevent clogs and blockages that can interfere with the pump’s operation.

  4. Test the pump: Test the pump by pouring water into the sump pit until the float switch activates the pump. Make sure the pump is discharging water properly and that it is not making unusual noises.

  5. Check the discharge pipe: Inspect the discharge pipe to ensure that it is clear of any obstructions or debris. If the pipe is clogged, water may not be able to flow out of the pit properly.

  6. Replace the backup battery: If the sump pump has a backup battery, replace it as recommended by the manufacturer. This will ensure that the pump continues to operate during power outages.

  7. Schedule professional maintenance: Consider having a professional inspect and service your sump pump annually to ensure it is functioning correctly.

Regular sump pump maintenance can help prevent unexpected breakdowns and keep your basement or crawlspace dry during heavy rain or flooding events.

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