If your home has a basement or a crawlspace, it needs a properly functioning sump pump to protect it from potential water damage and basement flooding. Located in a sump pit, the pump is designed to automatically remove excess water that accumulates in the pump basin during periods of heavy rainfall or melting snow. A sump pump helps prevent structural damage, mold growth, and costly repairs by draining water away from the foundation.

For nearly 100 years, Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric has provided timely, professional and cost-effective sump pump repair and installation service to homeowners in Chicago’s North Shore and Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs. In our most recent blog, we’ll discuss one common sump pump problem in particular – a sump pump that isn’t draining properly.

Common Reasons Why Your Sump Pump Isn’t Properly Draining

Some of the most common reasons your sump pump isn’t draining include:

Excessive or Continuous Running

If your sump pump runs continuously or frequently turns on and off without effectively draining the water, it could be a sign of a drainage problem. This may indicate that the pump is struggling to keep up with the water volume or that the drainage system is blocked or insufficient.

Slow or Incomplete Drainage

If you notice that the water in your sump pit is draining slowly or not fully emptying, there may be a clog or obstruction in the pump or the discharge pipe. This can prevent the pump from efficiently removing water from your basement or crawlspace.

Excessive Vibrations or Noises

Unusual vibrations or loud noises during operation can also be indicators of a problem with your sump pump. It could be caused by a blockage in the impeller or a malfunctioning float switch, hindering proper drainage.

Foul Odors

Unpleasant odors, such as a musty or moldy smell, can be caused by drainage issues. Stagnant water can promote the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria, resulting in unpleasant odors.

Recurring Basement Flooding

One of the most obvious signs that your sump pump isn’t draining properly is if your basement frequently floods, especially during heavy rainfall. This could signal that your sump pump is overwhelmed or that the drainage system is inadequate.

If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to act fast to prevent further water damage and potential basement flooding. The licensed plumbers at Ravinia Plumbing can help diagnose and resolve drainage problems with your sump pump.

Steps to Take if Your Sump Pump Isn’t Draining

Here are a few steps you can take if you notice sump pump problems:

If you do not have experience working with sump pumps, it’s best to contact a reliable plumbing company to inspect the unit and make a recommendation on the best course of action.

Contact Ravinia Plumbing for Sump Pump Service

If your sump pump is struggling to keep your basement or crawlspace dry, contact the licensed plumbers at Ravinia Plumbing. We can provide effective repair service to get it back up and running again.

We’ve been in business since 1928 (that’s 95 years!), and we’ve made a name for ourselves as one of the most trusted and reliable HVAC, plumbing, sewer and drain and electrical companies in Chicagoland. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.