Have you noticed standing water in your yard following a recent storm? If that water also comes with the scent of a foul odor, then the culprit might be your sump pump, and a sump pump repair might be in order.
First, what is a sump pump? Sump pumps pull excess water away from your home and into the sewer system. After heavy rainstorms, your drain field can become overwhelmed. A sump pump manages the overflow and prevents flooding in your yard. It’s also responsible for some less than pleasant smells if it isn’t cleaned properly and trapped gas is allowed to accumulate. If you live in an area prone to storms, a sump pump is a vital part of your septic system.
So, what leads to the need for sump pump repair? You can take the initiative on troubleshooting the issue by checking to make sure the pump is plugged in. Sump pumps require electricity for power via a dedicated and grounded outlet. A tripped circuit could be the culprit.
If you have eliminated a power issue, then you will need to call in the professionals for sump pump repair and assessment. Your technician will look for clogged drainage lines and debris that might have accumulated around the device, impeding its movement. They will also clear the intake grate and check to make sure you have the right size pump for your property.
After a technician makes any necessary repairs, be sure to schedule a regular maintenance inspection (ideally yearly) to prevent future flooding.