Signs Your Drainage Pumps Need Pump Maintenance
Updated: Feb 23
With every water pump installation, you should be given instructions on how often and how to maintain your pumps. This is a standard procedure, but sometimes you may need to call in a technician before you are scheduled.
How do you know if your drainage pumps need some pump maintenance? Here are some simple signs to watch for.
The Pump Loses Efficiency
Is your pump no longer working well? If the water level isn't dropping as fast as expected or worse, if it's rising, you should immediately call for help. The presence of water can cause mould to grow and may contribute to wood rot. It will also ruin anything that is in your basement and is not waterproof.
There may be an error with the pump, but usually, this type of problem indicates a blockage or a broken part. This should be cleared out as soon as possible, so you can keep your basement dry.
If your drainage pumps are making odd noises, you may have a blockage in the pipes. It's not uncommon for debris to get caught up in the pipe, which may be destructive to the pump. This can cause suction sounds and rattles, as well as the pump sounding like it is straining. It's important to investigate this quickly to ensure there's no damage. The pipe will need to be cleared out, usually by a professional.
Odours in the basement or around the drainage pumps can be due to the fact there is excess moisture in the area. The water and dampness causes mould to grow. It can also cause rotting in any wood structures, which will cause permanent damage to your home.
Sometimes, the odours come from the sewage backing up. Broken seals can result in sewage returning from the sewer and making it drip onto the floor. This will be quite noticeable, as it smells quite awful. Both sewage and mould can be serious health issues, so if you notice there are some bad smells in your home, it's time to check it out and call in a technician.
As soon as you notice that your drainage pumps are not working properly, you should contact someone to come fix the problem. If you don't sort the pump maintenance quickly, you'll end up with mould, mildew and wood rot.
At H2O Flowtech, we have the expertise you need to ensure your pump maintenance is done correctly. Regular maintenance is necessary, but if you have an emergency, we're also available for emergency callouts. Contact us today to learn more.