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Common Sump Pump Issues

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Sump pumps are mechanical devices designed to keep excess water out of your basement or crawlspace. Like any equipment of this nature, there are times when you'll need to contact a plumber in Bellevue, WA from Bob Oates Sewer & Rooter to resolve problems. Continue reading to learn more about some of the common issues that often affect sump pumps.

An Overwhelmed Pump

If your sump pump is routinely unable to handle the volume of water going into it, you'll likely benefit from an upgrade to a more appropriately sized pump. In some cases, you may benefit from any of our plumbing services in Bellevue, WA if your pump is overwhelmed because of malfunctioning or worn parts.

A Clogged Sump Pump

A sump pump without a lid will likely get clogged at some point. If a clog causes a pump to not work at all, this would be a reason for emergency plumbing repairs in Bellevue, WA. As for how a clog can occur, debris in the pit, clogged mechanical parts, and a clogged or jammed float switch are among the common culprits.

Power Outage

Assuming your power didn't go out or the plug didn't accidentally get knocked out, a sump pump that shuts off for no reason is a sign of a serious mechanical failure. If this is the case, replacement may be recommended. Having a battery-powered backup pump can provide some protection against surprise losses of power. Other sump pump issues may involve:

  • A pump running non-stop
  • Frozen or clogged discharge lines
  • A lack of water in the pit even when the pump appears to be working

Contact Our Sump Pump Pros

Bob Oates Sewer & Rooter is a plumbing company in Bellevue, WA prepared to diagnose and solve a variety of sump pump issues. We're equally prepared to give you the details you'll need to make a well-informed decision if it's time for a new or replacement sump pump.


Call us today or fill out the online form to find out more about our full range of services, including emergency plumbing in Bellevue, WA. Be sure to schedule your appointment with us here at Bob Oates Sewer & Rooter. We look forward to serving you.

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