Inspect Your Basement to Catch Problems Early On

The air is crisp as autumn slowly falls upon Portland. While the rain tends to subside over the summer, as the seasons change, we like to remind our readers to check in on their household sump pumps. We typically receive a resurgence of sump pump-related calls each fall.

Do yourself a favor and inspect your basement or crawl space sump pump before a flood occurs.

Signs of Sump Pump Failure

Not sure how to tell if something wrong with your sump pump? Here are a couple of quick tips:

  1. How Old is Your Sump Pump?

    We find it’s best to replace sump pumps every five to seven years. With age comes sediment build-up, possible cracks, plus typical wear and tear. If yours is an older pump, or if you’re not quite sure how old it is, we suggest erring on the side of caution—nothing is worth a flood

  2. Check the Float Switch.

    A faulty sump pump float switch is the most common problem leading to sump pump failure. When water hits the float switch, the switch moves and tells the pump to start pumping. Float switches are often damaged or simply worn out due to age or overuse from excessive rain. And in Portland, it’s no secret that we contend with excessive rain on an almost regular basis.

Our Professional Advice

The best advice we can give when it comes to sump pumps is to be proactive. Take a look and make sure your sump pump is operating correctly so you don’t have to worry when the weather changes, or when it’s too late and your home is flooded. Have your sump pump inspected by a professionally licensed plumber.

If a flooding emergency does occur, please know that our professional journeymen plumbers are on-call and available to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We take pride in our straightforward approach to emergency plumbing.

Our facility is fully stocked with a variety of sump pumps. We are ready to maintain, repair, and replace as needed.

Call or stop by 3 Mountains Plumbing of Portland with any additional questions you may have regarding our sump pump or emergency flooding solutions.

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