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The experts at ARS®/Rescue Rooter® understand the importance of a sump pump that works correctly and efficiently. Each of our well-trained and certified technicians has extensive experience and training in sump pump maintenance, sump pit cleaning service, and sump pump cleaning to keep your system running properly.

In fact, we take this work so seriously, each of our expert technicians adheres to a comprehensive checklist, so that we do all that’s necessary to maintain your home’s sump pump.

We start by taking off the sump pump’s lid so we can check that the float is operating as it should. We then inspect the weep hole, which is located at the lower portion of the system’s discharge pipe, and make sure that the area is clear beneath the check valve.

Of course, we also make a point of verifying that water reaches the street by examining the curb hole. Following industry best practices, we use a camera to check the water between the home and the curb. Furthermore, we will inspect and test the check valve, to make sure that no water is draining into the pit when the unit’s power goes off. We even test that the pump’s power comes through its own circuit. As for any debris or rocks found in the system, our technicians clear the pit with a powerful vacuum built for sump pump maintenance.

This strict attention to detail  sets us apart from the competition.

Our years of experience in the industry have taught us theimportance of  regular, professional  maintenance on your home’s sump pump. At ARS/Rescue Rooter, our certified experts provide a full range of maintenance services. Regular maintenance of your sump pump can help ensure it will properly function to prevent floods in your home.

 Annual sump pump maintenance is key to having a reliable sump pump that will work properly in the face of potential floods that could damage your home. To that end, ARS/Rescue Rooter proudly offers a full range of sump pump maintenance services.

Homeowners soon discover that their sump pumps can eventually experience a buildup of debris. Unfortunately, this unwanted debris can make the system work improperly. Our sump pump maintenance service experts will completely clean your pit, getting rid of dirt, debris, or rocks that could have gotten inside. This allows your sump pump to function to its full potential.

Exceptional Service Is Guaranteed!

The experts at ARS/Rescue Rooter are devoted to delivering the highest level of service to each customer. We drug test and background-check each employee for your peace of mind, and our Exceptional Service Guarantee gives you the assurance that we will treat your time and property with the utmost respect. We always call before arrival, so that you can make the best use of your schedule, and our team will put on shoe covers and lay down drop cloths as needed to protect your home while we work. 

You will receive a detailed written estimate, so you’ll know exactly what to expect when work begins. If you wind up being dissatisfied with the job, our team will do what it takes to make things right.

Major Signs You Need Professionals to Service Your Home’s Sump Pump

Your home’s sump pump is a key piece of equipment keeping your home dry and safe against the prospect of flooding. Sump pumps are responsible for getting rid of unwanted water before it can infiltrate a crawl space or your home’s basement. As water collects in the sump pump pit, it can grow dirty and even experience clogging.

As a result, the pump’s ability to work effectively and efficiently can be hampered. ARS/Rescue Rooter’s sump pump experts have determined that these are the main indications that your home’s sump pump pit is due for professional cleaning:

Sump Pump Never Turns Off

Occasionally, homeowners will discover that their sump pump runs forever, without ever turning off. This can be an indication that the system is working much harder just to keep up with removing water from the pit at the usual rate. Debris piling up is a major factor causing a sump pump to run inefficiently to the point that it stays on continuously.

Pump Is Operating Slower Than Usual

Homeowners often call us complaining that the sump pump is simply not pumping as fast as it used to when first installed. This can be a major sign that you need professionals to come and clean out the sump pump pit. As debris and dirt accumulate in the equipment, the pump work must work much harder than it needs to under usual conditions. As a result, the pumping speed decreases. So, if you find a reduction in efficiency and that the pump is working slower now, you will want to contact ARS/Rescue Rooter to book an appointment for sump pump service today.

Unpleasant Smells 

A bad odor coming from the sump pump pit is often one of the most obvious signs that something has gone wrong. As water accumulates in the pit for a prolonged amount of time and remains stagnant, you may notice an unpleasant smell. Bacteria and mold thriving in the pit of water will give off a nasty odor. If you detect a foul smell from the sump pump pit, do not delay in contacting ARS/Rescue Rooter for a service call and professional cleaning.

Mildew or Mold Is Observable in the Sump Pump Pit

Visible signs of mildew and mold are frequent indications of an issue with sump pumps because of the frequent dampness of the environment. If you happen to see mildew or mold, you should schedule a sump pump pit cleaning. Mildew and mold accumulating in the sump pump can smell unpleasant, to be sure, but can also lead to health problems for anyone in your family. You will want to eliminate mildew and mold from the sump pump system without delay, to keep them from infiltrating other parts of your home.

Large Amount of Debris

When a large amount of debris has built up in your sump pump pit, it’s time to call us for expert cleaning services. The pump’s intake and the pit itself can soon become filled with leaves, dirt, and other foreign material. One consequence is that buildup of debris makes a sump pump work much harder than it must to deliver the normal level of service. The harder you force the pump to work under such conditions, the shorter its useful life will tend to be. This means you can reduce the total cost of ownership of your home’s sump pump when you arrange for regular maintenance and cleaning from the experts at ARS/Rescue Rooter.

You Detect Water Has Backed Up

In the crawl space or basement, you may detect water has been backing up, which is a clear sign that the sump pump may be compromised with a clog. After a sump pump pit grows clogged, the system fails to pump out water as designed. This leads to water backing up or overflowing into your home. When you spot backed-up water, make sure to call us immediately for an appointment to clean up the problem and avoid more damage to your home.

It’s of the utmost importance to maintain a clean sump pump pit so that the system can work as long as possible at the most efficient rate. With annual cleaning and maintenance, you can avoid problems such as buildup of debris, the growth of mildew and mold, the occurrence of bad smells, problems with the sump pump always running, or pumping slowly, or experiencing flooding from water backing up. At the first signs of sump pump problems, contact us for assistance!

Answers to Sump Pump System Frequently Asked Questions

The plumbing experts at ARS/Rescue Rooter often get the same types of questions from concerned homeowners who want help with problems with their sump pumps, including:

How does a sump pump work?

A sump pump is an important piece of equipment that gets rid of water that accumulates in the sump pump pit.

Why is it so crucial to keep your sump pump clean?

Homeowners need to arrange for regular cleaning of their sump pump to avoid clogs,  and to keep it working properly and reliably.

How can I clean my home’s sump pump?

You need to first remove the pump’s lid. Inspect the weep hole, the float, the check valve, the curb hole, and the system’s power circuit. After inspection, it will be time to remove any debris, dirt, or rocks that have built up since the previous cleaning. If you lack training and certification in sump pump pit cleaning services, it’s best to hire professionals to make sure the job gets done right and protects your investment.

What is the typical cost of professional sump pump cleaning service?

The cost to clean and check out your home’s sump pump will depend on such factors as where the equipment is situated, how big the pump is, and just how much cleaning will be needed to restore it to proper working order. At ARS/Rescue Rooter, we will be happy to provide you with an estimate before commencing work.

How often should we schedule cleaning service for the sump pump?

Ideally, you will arrange for professionals to take care of sump pit cleaning at least once annually. But we may recommend more frequent cleaning services, according to how much water your system needs to pump, as well as the amount of debris that builds up in your home’s sump pump pit.

What can we anticipate if we fail to clean the sump pump regularly?

Maintaining your sump pump will help it last longer and work more reliably. Without cleaning the sump pump at least once per year, the system can wind up with a serious clog that keeps it from working correctly.  Clogs can cause serious flooding and water damage that harms your home’s foundation or basement.

Contact the Experts at ARS/Rescue Rooter for Professional Services Today!

If you need expert sump pump cleaning today, you can rely on the professionals from ARS/Rescue Rooter to provide you with the highest level of service.

Our Exceptional Service Guarantee, along with our devotion to customer service, means that our well-trained, certified technicians will give you a worry-free experience.

We will help keep your sump pump working at its best. And if it’s time for a brand-new system, our experts will be happy to go over your options to replace your sump pump. To learn more about our approach to sump pump cleaning and maintenance, or to book an appointment for service, please contact us today!

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