- Switch Failure: This is the most common sump pump failure out there. This is often caused by shifting of the pump inside the basin, causing the float that signals the switch to get lodged against the side of the pump. The float can also become stuck due to excess debris around it. Both issues can be addressed with cleaning and/or adjusting the pump’s position.
- No Power: When bad weather hits, it’s usually accompanied by lots of rain and power outages. Since your sump pump needs electricity to function, this can become a problem in removing excess water. We suggest purchasing a backup generator that will automatically backup your sump pump in the event of a power outage.
- Too Much Water: One common misconception is that one sump pump is pretty much the same as the next. If your sump pump is too large, it works too hard and shortens the life of your sump pump. If the horsepower is not high enough to handle the amount of water coming in, it can result in flooding. Determining the optimum size of sump pump for your home can be difficult, the StayDry Pro’s can help you select the right size. Call today for your obligation free consultation.
- Clogged Discharge Pipe: Your sump pump’s discharge pipe can become clogged with debris causing it to malfunction. Installing a protective cover and frequent cleaning can prevent this. In the winter, this pipe can also freeze causing it to stop working. Installing a specialty discharge pipe can allow water to be pumped out of your basement even if the main pipe is frozen or clogged.
- Old Pump: If your unit is about 7-10 years old, it may be time for a replacement and it could be the reason your sump pump is failing. While some pumps may outlive this estimate, we recommend changing it out every 10 years.
To ensure you don’t have a failure due to improper installation or get a bad unit, we recommend hiring a professional. The last thing you want is to save a few dollars now only to have a sump pump failure down the line, resulting in loss of money and personal property. As Michigan’s #1 basement waterproofing company, StayDry has been serving Michiganders for over 100 years. Ask about our satisfaction guarantee and 0% financing options, you won’t be sorry. Call today at 1-800-STAY-DRY or fill out our online form and we’ll get right back to you!
Answers to Common Questions About Basement Waterproofing
What Kind of Basement Waterproofing Do I Need in Michigan?
If your basement fills with water after a rainstorm, we might suggest installing a French drain system. A common, proven approach the French drain has been installed for nearly 150 years. StayDry uses the Hydroflo system, which is backed by a 100 percent fully transferable lifetime warranty. Learn more about our French drain installation. The French Drain is one of the best ways to fix basement leak repair in Michigan.
When moisture- and wetness-causing conditions are more substantial, exterior waterproofing may be the ideal solution. StayDry’s contractors have a considerable amount of experience with excavating soil and installing several protective barriers between a home’s foundation and the outside elements. Our exterior basement waterproofing method is backed by a 10-year warranty.
Poured concrete foundations are notorious for their tendency to develop vertical cracks. If left unchecked, these cracks can expand and become easy targets for water penetration. For homes or businesses in which this has happened, StayDry recommends polyurethane crack injection. We use a high-pressure injection tool so that the epoxy expands all the way through the crack, from the exterior to the interior. Like our French drains, our crack injection services come with a lifetime warranty. Read more about basement crack repair.
Basement Waterproofing for Homeowners
Are you looking for basement waterproofing in a particular area of Michigan? We provide services in the following areas: Southeast Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, and Northern Michigan. We also provide our services to Northern Ohio and Northern Indiana.