Winter brings with it a plethora of challenges, most of which can be mitigated with proper preparation. It is no secret that homes are more susceptible to water damage during the winter months. This increased risk of flooding is due in part to the sump pumps that protect our homes losing efficiency as the temperatures drop. Sump pumps, and knowing how to maintain them, are crucial during the winter months.

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Understanding Your Sump Pump:

Sump pumps are devices that are installed in basements and crawl spaces to combat moisture. They work by collecting the excess water in the sump pit and pumping it away from your home's foundation. If your sump pump is malfunctioning during the winter months, water could be seeping into your basement or crawl spaces. To ensure that your sump pump is working correctly for the winter months, hire plumbing services to perform a maintenance check.

Winter Prep:

Proper preparation will ensure that your sump pump is up to snuff during the winter months. Firstly, ensure that the sump pump's discharge line does not extend too far outside before it freezes. If it does, it could become clogged with ice and other debris. Secondly, ensure that the area around the sump pump is adequately insulated to prevent freezing. Lastly, ensure that your sump pump has a backup battery—power outages could negatively impact the functionality of your sump pump.

Common Sump Pump Malfunctions:

If you can identify the typical sump pump malfunctions, you'll know when to call for plumbing services. Firstly, if the pump isn't working, it might be a clogged discharge line, a faulty float switch, or a jammed impeller. If it turns on and off too frequently, the likely cause could be a malfunctioning float switch or a check valve malfunction. Unusually loud vibration noises are a sign of a broken impeller.


If your sump pump is more than ten years, it might be more beneficial and cost-efficient to install a new one. A professional plumbing service will tell you when it is time to replace your sump pump. Also, if the repair cost is almost equal to or exceeds the replacement cost, it is best to replace the sump pump.

Proper sump pump maintenance is crucial in ensuring your home is safe from water damage, particularly during the winter months. Sump pumps require adequate care and attention, simple measures like keeping it clean and above water are vital. Hiring a professional plumber to check on your sump pump regularly is also vital in identifying possible malfunctions. If you need help preparing your home or business for winter or have any concerns about the efficiency of your sump pump, call Superior Plumbing Services today. We proudly serve customers in Canandaigua, NY, and the surrounding areas. We can be reached by phone at 585-905-0100, or email us through our secure contact page.