Hoover Electric, Plumbing, Heating and Cooling is a trusted provider of sump pump solutions in Southeast Michigan. When there’s heavy rain, a sump pump automatically removes water from your basement or crawlspace. To ensure it’s working, we provide high-quality sump pump installation and sump pump repair services to avoid flooding, persistent moisture, and mold growth. We can also provide a sump pump replacement if the system you have is no longer effective.
What Does a Sump Pump Do?
A sump pump moves water outside a home via a discharge line. It is housed in a sump pit, or basin, and contains valves to activate the system when water levels are high enough. The pump runs automatically and can be powered by electricity or a battery.
Water can be discharged to a sewer line, dry well, creek, or pond. Depending on the type of sump pump, its performance, installation, and maintenance requirements can vary. The types of pumps available include:
- Submersible Sump Pumps: The pump and motor are contained in one unit submerged inside a basin. The design is highly effective for homes prone to major flooding.
- Pedestal Sump Pumps: The pump is located in the basin. It’s connected by a hose to a motor on a pedestal above it.
- Battery-Powered Sump Pumps: Contain a float switch that triggers the pump when the water level rises in the basin, even when the power goes out.
- Water-Powered Backup Pumps: Increased water pressure helps clear water from the sump pump basin. There’s no need to monitor a backup pump or replace batteries.
Signs Your Property Needs Sump Pump Installation or Maintenance
Whether you don’t have a sump pump or your existing unit isn’t functioning properly, here are signs you need to call a professional:
- Water Accumulation/Flooding in Your Basement: Standing water can do substantial property damage and attract mold, bacteria, and pests.
- Unpleasant Odors: A pungent odor is usually a warning sign of a problem like mold or a malfunctioning sump pump.
- Strange Noises: Rattling, grinding, and other unusual sounds instead of the sump pump’s normal hum mean it needs to be serviced.
- The Pump Won’t Turn On: The float switch may be stuck or damaged, or its bracket has broken. Call a sump pump repair professional.
- The Pump Doesn’t Turn Off: There could be a faulty switch or the pump may not be powerful enough to handle the amount of water present.
- Constant Vibration: Debris may have gotten stuck in and damaged the impeller; a bent impeller must be replaced.
- Old Sump Pump: Sump pump replacement will be necessary if the unit has reached the end of its life.
Benefits of Professional Sump Pump Services
Knowing when to schedule sump pump services protects your home against water damage and mold growth. It doesn’t take much water accumulation to cause problems. A hidden issue with your sump pump system can suddenly become a messy basement flood and a headache.
At Hoover, our technicians arrive promptly and thoroughly assess your sump pump. A customized solution will resolve any issues, whether you’re installing a sump pump for the first time or the current one needs to be repaired or replaced. A broken sump pump is a big problem, especially during a storm. Fortunately, we provide 24/7 emergency sump pump repairs to address unforeseen incidents and prevent bigger problems.
Hoover’s Sump Pump Services
At Hoover Electric, Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, our plumbers are fully trained to provide all types of sump pump service. They can work with any make or model. Customers throughout Troy, Clinton Township, and surrounding areas rely on us for:
Sump Pump Installation
Each installation job starts with a comprehensive inspection of your property. We’ll determine whether you need a sump pump, the best location to install it, and the type of pump that’ll meet your needs. Our professional plumbers install your sump pump with attention to detail and test it to ensure the unit is reliable.
Sump Pump Repair
If your sump pump isn’t working, call and we’ll quickly send a technician to your home. They’ll provide a thorough evaluation and diagnosis of any issues. Equipped with the necessary tools and parts, they can adjust, repair, and replace faulty components. Once the repair is completed, they will test the unit to ensure it’s functioning properly and can remove water effectively.
Sump Pump Maintenance
Constant exposure to water can lead to rust. Whether you have hard water or not, wear and tear can take a toll on the unit. To address issues early and ensure your sump pump is running properly, we provide routine checkups and cleaning so the system runs smoothly. If applicable, we’ll perform battery backup testing or replace the battery. By taking proactive measures, we can ensure optimal performance.
Why Choose Us
A sump pump is a complex system. Troubleshooting and repairing one requires specialized knowledge and skills. There are also safety hazards, including working around water and electricity. A DIY repair risks an ineffective repair, or worse, causing more extensive damage and voiding the warranty.
A professional quickly and accurately diagnoses the problem, regardless of the source. They’re skilled in all types of sump pump repairs and:
- Adhere to all safety protocols
- Fix the issue fast
- Prevent recurring issues
- Ready your sump pump for the next heavy rainstorm
- Can recommend upgrades to improve performance
Fully licensed and certified, our plumbers are committed to customer satisfaction and a job well done. You’ll receive an upfront quote before they start; transparent pricing ensures there won’t be any surprises.
How Often Should a Sump Pump Be Tested?
A sump pump should be tested at least once a year. But if your area has heavy rainfall and the pump runs frequently, consider testing it every three to four months.
What Size Sump Pump Do I Need for My Property?
A ⅓ horsepower sump pump is suited for most homes (even a ¼ horsepower pump will work if you don’t have many water issues). If your home is prone to heavier flooding, install a ½ horsepower pump. It can remove roughly 3,000 gallons of water per hour.
Can a Sump Pump Be Installed in an Existing Home?
If your home doesn’t have a sump pump, one can be installed. Sump pump installation can be a worthwhile investment, especially when you consider the cost of repairs after a flood. It can even improve the value of your home.
How Long Do Sump Pumps Typically Last?
Most well-maintained sump pumps last about a decade. While many are good for just five to seven years, a high-quality system can last longer. Some pedestal sump pumps can make it to 30 years.
Contact Hoover for Professional Sump Pump Services
Our licensed plumbers specialize in sump pump installation for all types of units. When you need a sump pump repair, we provide emergency service to minimize the impacts of water entry, flooding, and water damage. And if your pump has reached the end of its service life, we can provide a sump pump replacement; our plumbers often find a more effective model to improve performance and protection against property damage. To schedule expert sump pump installation and repairs, call Hoover at 586-701-6127 or request service online today.