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What is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a critical part of your home that might not always be on the top of your mind. When a flood hits, you’ll be thankful for your sump pump. The pump helps protect your home from rising waters and heavy rains that leave destruction in their path. A sump is a hole carved below your basement floor’s surface. The pump’s valves sense escalating water levels and pressure, automatically pumping excess water away from the property through a discharge line. Parley’s PPM Plumbing, Heating & Cooling provides sump pump installation and repair services in Utah County and Draper, UT Since 1979, our family-owned company has provided the area with expert craftsmanship and customer service for all your Plumbing, Heating & Cooling needs.

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Benefits of A Sump Pump

A sump pump offers many benefits, including:

  • Helps prevent basement flooding
  • Pumps water away from your home
  • Increases property value
  • Reduces humidity levels
  • Prevents termite infestations
  • Protects home from mold and mildew in the basement

Sump Pump Drainage

Your sump pump water will discharge to a creek, pond, neighborhood drain, or well. It’s important not to set your drain point anywhere that will return to your home. You may also need to attach a drainage hose or increase the power of your sump pump if it is not adequately draining.

Why Do Sump Pumps Fail?

A sump pump’s life cycle is usually between seven and ten years. They can fail due to their lifespan, installation failure, or machine failure. It’s critical to get a professional to install your sump pump to ensure improper installation won’t lead to costly floods. Sump pump errors can sometimes result in the pump’s switches getting stuck or continuously cycling.

Signs You Need A Sump Pump Replacement

The most common signs that indicate you may need a sump pump replacement include:


  • Cycling On And Off Frequently – The basin of your sump pump may be too small to handle the amount of water in your basement. When your sump pump overworks, the motor starts to burn out.
  • Constantly Running – Your sump pump may run for minutes at a time, indicating the pump doesn’t have enough power for the volume of water in your basement. The pump is forced to constantly run to handle the distance needed to pump out the water.
  • Strange Noises – If your sump pump sounds like anything other than a hum, it could be caused by failing parts. Your motor may make weird noises due to a jammed impeller as well.
  • Not Turning On – The sump pump’s job is to remove water accumulation. If you notice pooling water, it is not working correctly.

Contact Parley’s PPM Plumbing Today

We understand a sump pump is often out of sight and out of mind. The problem is that when a sump pump isn’t working correctly, the entire house suffers. Our experienced team at Parley’s PPM Plumbing & HVAC will help install, repair, or replace your sump pump. We’ll help determine if it’s at the end of the sump pump lifespan. One of the worst feelings is walking into a room filled with water. We can help save you from this nightmare with the proper sump pump. Contact us today for a consultation.

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