How to Fix a Leaking Water Pump
A leaking water pump can spell disaster for your home if it is not repaired quickly and efficiently. The water pump keeps water out of the lower levels of your home, and a malfunctioning pump can quickly result in a flooded home. Follow these simple steps to get your leaking water pump repaired in no time at all.
Test the Pump
The most common reasons that a sump pump does not work are because it has become disconnected from its power source, or due to maintenance problems. Before you can make any repairs, you need to determine the source of the problem.
- Pour a pitcher of water into the pump to test whether it is connected to a power source. If nothing happens at all, then it has likely been cut from the power. Try reconnecting it, or replacing the backup battery. It is possible that it has a short-circuited from a recent thunderstorm.
- If it runs, or tries to run, then the problem is likely with the plumbing, and not with the electricity. The result may be a broken valve on the pump, or a problem with the discharge line. If the pump runs but the pit stays full of water, then the problem is with a valve. To test the line, have someone else check the discharge pipe outside to see if water is coming out while you pour more water in. If nothing comes out, then there likely a break somewhere on the discharge line.
Call a Plumber
Even if you get the problem fixed on your own, you should still have still have a professional plumbing services company, like ADI, come by to make sure that everything is in good working shape. ADI’s plumber are all certified to detect and repair leaks, and can solve your plumbing problems in a timely and cost-effective manner.
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