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Can I Fix My Sump Pump Myself?


There’s never really a good time to have a problem with a sump pump. No matter the time of year, it’s important to know that your sump pump is ready to deal with any influx of water that may occur. If you’re noticing that your sump pump isn’t behaving the way it should, having that addressed promptly could save you from hugely inconvenient and expensive water damage. 

What about DIY sump pump repair? Is it reasonable to attempt to fix a broken sump pump yourself? What would the risks and benefits of DIY sump pump repair be? Here’s some food for thought:

Identifying Repair Needs

The first thing you’ll need to do is determine that there is a problem, and what kind of problem it is. A sump pump is in trouble if it is running even when it’s dry, not coming on despite the pit filling up with water, draining more slowly than it used to, or showing cracks in the sump pit which may be allowing more water to seep in from below your foundation.

Sump Pump Maintenance to Do Yourself

Often, a first step in seeing a problem more clearly, or maybe solving it altogether, is cleaning. Turn off and unplug your sump pump before you do anything else. Then follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning it. If you don’t have the owner’s manual, you may be able to find it online, or reach out to us with questions.

Many problems, especially slow draining or complete failure to drain, can be caused by something as simple as a bit of debris. Cleaning the pump, and cleaning out the sump pit so the pump doesn’t suck up any more debris, might be all you need to do to resolve your problem.

Sump Pump Repairs to Leave to the Experts

A sump pump is both a plumbing fixture and an electrical appliance. It’s rare for the average homeowner to have expertise in both. There are many reasons to leave actual sump pump repairs to the experts.

Electrical systems pose a serious safety hazard to those who attempt to repair them without proper training. Plumbing systems that you think are fixed but which still have problems leave you vulnerable to flooding. Spending money on DIY repairs only to need those repairs redone by professionals is costly and wasteful. And if your sump pump is under warranty, DIY repairs will void that. 

An expert in sump pump repair in Alpharetta, GA has the training and on-the-job experience to make diagnosing and repairing sump pump problems simple and straightforward. Whether your issue is a broken float switch failing to trigger the pump to start or a burned-out motor no longer able to get that water moving, our qualified technicians have seen it before and know what to do.

To speak with a member of our team, contact DC Cheek Heating, Cooling & Plumbing today. Fixed, At the Speed of Life!

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