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Signs Your Sump Pump Needs Maintenance


A sump pump is a pump that is located in the lowest part of your house. The sump pump is installed in a location called a “sump pit.” A sump pump is used to keep the area under your home from getting wet and keep your home from flooding. So, how do you know if this piece of equipment is malfunctioning or needs maintenance? Well, there are a few tell tale signs that you can look for.

Unusual noises: Typically, when you hear strange noises coming from equipment in your home, it’s not a good sign. This also holds true for your sump pump. A sound that is often associated with a malfunctioning sump pump is a gargling noise. A gurgling sound typically means that the sump pump itself is clogged. If you notice these types of noises coming from your sump pump, you should call a professional immediately.

Rising water: Rising water in the basement of your home is usually a good indication that the sump pump is not functioning properly. Leaving this untreated can cause even more problems. Standing water in your basement can lead to the development of mold and mildew, which can compound an already bad situation.

Unpleasant odors: Unusual or foul smelling odors are another good sign that something isn’t right with your sump pump. The smell is usually indicative of some type of material getting backed up into the sump pump. And this usually means that mold has already developed, and could become a toxic situation for anyone living in the home.

If you notice any of these problems associated with your sump pump, it is important that you consult a professional in order to take care of the problem correctly. Do not attempt to diagnose and repair the problem on your own. If your sump pump is in need of maintenance in the Ashburn area, give Powell’s Plumbing a call at 703-777-3833 and make an appointment today!

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