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Barron’s Guide to Sump Pump Inspections

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Oftentimes, homeowners aren’t aware that their sump pump systems actually require pretty routine inspections. Our Home Performance Experts are here to help with this service, and include it as part of the plumbing plan of our Silver Shield Membership, which you can read more about below. 

It’s also important, however, that you check your sump pump on a seasonal basis as well, plus every time the sump pump gets used. This basic homeowner check should include:

  • Visually checking your sump pump for any signs of cracks or leaks. 
  • Dumping water in the pit to ensure it activates properly. 
  • Cleaning any debris out or around the sump pump system. 

Read on as we uncover why sump pump inspections are so important, and what common problems you may be able to avoid with routine sump pump maintenance. 

The Benefits of a Sump Pump Inspection

The first benefit of annual professional sump pump inspections is that they improve system reliability. Sump pumps are one of those aspects of your plumbing system that you hope you’ll never need, but when you do need it, you’ll be glad you have it–so long as you can rely on their functionality. 

The other benefit of this service is that it extends the life of the system. Unfortunately, what can happen is that small problems might occur here and there, and then go unaddressed for too long, until they escalate into much bigger problems like a premature system failure. 

Common Sump Pump Issues You Can Avoid

A comprehensive inspection from a Barron professional at least once a year, and routine self-inspections can help you avoid sump pump issues such as:

  • A stuck float: This is a component of the sump pump that lets the system know when to activate. 
  • A loss of power: Corroded wiring could leave you vulnerable to a power failure. 
  • A sump pump that won’t turn off: This can happen if there is a stuck float or if the check valve of the system is allowing water from the discharge pipe to drain back down into the sump pit. 

Of course, if you ever do encounter any of these problems with your sump pump or any other part of your plumbing system, our team is here to help! 

Our Silver Shield Membership

We have 3 trade-specific plans available, including our plumbing plan that includes our WholeHome™ Plumbing Inspection, also referred to as our Drain & Flush service. Our 10-point plumbing inspection ensures that your entire plumbing system, from your sump pump to your toilets, faucets, drains, and even water pressure, are all in great working order. 

Our Silver Shield members receive a host of benefits in addition to their comprehensive plumbing inspection, including waived overtime rates, service discounts, a one-year workmanship guarantee, priority service, and more. 


Our team of Home Performance Experts has served the I-5 corridor from Blaine to Marysville, Oak Harbor to Concrete, and the San Juan Islands since 1972 with a mission of Improving Lives™. We look forward to serving you too! Contact Barron Plumbing today for sump pump service.

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