Sump Pump Repair & Maintenance

Sump pumps may run frequently due to water drainage issues or weather conditions, such as heavy rainfall and spring melts, so they constantly need to be maintained.

Top Reasons for Sump Pump Repair

Sump pumps can stop working or require service for a variety of reasons. As expert plumbing technicians, we see to it that your sump pump issue is quickly and correctly diagnosed and a solution is enacted right away.

Some of the biggest, most common reasons a sump pump needs professional maintenance or repair include:

  • A musty, moldy or mildew smell coming from the system
  • A musty, moldy or mildew smell coming from the system
  • A burning smell coming from the system
  • A tucked float switch that is not correctly reading the water level in the sump pump
  • A sump pump that’s not running
  • A sump pump that’s rapidly cycling or continuously running

If you are experiencing any of these issues – or another concerning issue that you sense is just not right for a properly functioning sump pump – it’s important you get in touch with Invisible Excavations today to get a professional quote.

Service Your Sump Pump Annually

It’s incredibly easy for sump pumps to become clogged with debris, contend with improper filtration, experience electrical issues, and a number of other problems that will quickly lead to the common reasons sump pumps need attention, as noted above.

Additionally, if you just moved into a home, it’s exceedingly advantageous to have your new home’s sump pump inspected right away.

Call today to schedule a routine maintenance appointment: 216-741-5131

Sump Pump Installation Service

Most new homes are built with a sump pump, but if you find yourself moving into an older home without one, we highly recommend you have one installed to keep your basement clean and dry.

The Basement Sump Pump Installation Process

This is what you can expect from our fast, professional and efficient sump pump installation process:

  • Full Inspection. When you’re ready to reinforce your home/basement with an effective waterproofing system, our team of licensed plumbing and excavation experts will first complete a full inspection of your home and take the time to understand your family’s needs so we can select and install the best sump pump for your home.
  • Create the Pit and Place the Liner. At the low point in the basement, we create an exact sized pit for the sump pump and place a perforated liner that is highly durable.
  • Create and Install a Perimeter French Drain System. This drain is crucial, as it will collect water from around the perimeter of the basement – including the walls – and direct it toward your sump pump before it can reach your basement floor.
  • Install the Sump Pump.Ensuring it is correctly and precisely connected to the new discharge lines and power circuit. Additionally, we guarantee the sump pump rests securely on sump pump stands, and that the lid and entire system is sealed airtight.
  • Restore the Floor that was disrupted by the construction and installation with fresh concrete. We also meticulously clean up after ourselves so when we’re done with the job, you don’t have to do a thing.
  • Install the Drainage Lines – the lines that the water will follow to pump out and away from your home – and ensure they’re buried underground. Don’t worry, we make sure to restore your lawn and never damage your landscaping.

Why It’s Worth It to Hire Expert Sump Pump Installers

Sump pump installation may seem like a reasonable DIY effort, but there’s more to this complex task than many homeowners think, such as:

  • Jackhammering a slab floor to make the exact size pit needed. Making a pit too small will make the pump push water out too quickly and force the pump to run on and off constantly, causing burn out sooner. Making a pit too large will make the pump collect more water than necessary and work harder to push an abundance of water out, also leading to a faster pump burn out.
  • Installing a French drain system with correct, downward pitch toward the sump pump.
  • Correctly installing the sump pumpand connecting it to the proper discharge lines and on the correct sump pump stands.
  • Restoring the basement floor after installation
  • Installing and burying the discharge lines
  • and much more

Additionally, with several different types of sump pumps to choose from, it’s vital to get an expert opinion on what’s best for your home size and location before committing to and installing a system.

The Most Common Types of Sump Pumps We’ll Recommend

During the inspection phase – before any installation – we’ll discuss our recommendations for the best type of sump pump for your home. Here are some of the most common types we recommend and work with to ensure Northeast Ohio homes stay or become dry, safe, comfortable spaces:

Pedestal Pumps

Pedestal pumps, or upright pumps, have an exterior motor that is never submerged in water. Because they’re not submerged, these types of pumps typically last longer and are easier to repair.

Heavy-Duty Sump Pumps

Heavy-duty sump pumps have motors with large horsepower and are intended for home basements located in high water tables, or areas prone to flooding near rivers or lakes. They are also commonly used to accommodate year-round, constant water flow or longer piping that discharges excess water.

Submersible Sump Pumps

Submersible sump pumps are placed in the sump pump reservoir where water gathers. Once the pump detects water, the motor turns on.

Battery Backup Sump Pumps

Because sump pumps are highly mechanical and will fail eventually, we recommend a battery backup sump pump. We especially recommend these sump pumps if your home or small business is in an area prone to flooding.

The battery operated sump pump operates in the event that your first pump fails. As powerful and effective as the primary sump pump, battery backups switch on automatically when triggered by certain conditions.

24-Hour Sump Pump Repair

Emergencies with your home’s systems can happen out of nowhere and when you least expect them. Whatever sump pump issue you’re contending with, we’re available anytime, day or night. Need emergency sump pump repair near me? Call us right away at 216-741-5131.

Sump Pump Maintenance & Repair FAQs

Do you need a plumber to install a sump pump?
You should hire an experienced, licensed plumber to install a sump pump. When installing a sump pump, there is a significant construction component – such as digging through a concrete basement floor – and important steps to ensuring pipes are in the right place to pump the water outside, away from the foundation.

Additionally, hiring a licensed plumber can also mean the project is completed in less time and for a lower cost than what it would take you to buy all the materials.

What is the cost of installing a sump pump?
The average cost for installing a new sump pump is between $700 to $1,500. This estimate depends on the work needed to be completed before the actual equipment installation can occur, the type of sump pump you select, and other important factors.

If you’re thinking of replacing or installing a sump pump, contact the sump pump experts at Invisible Excavations today.

How long should a sump pump last?
Sump pumps usually last 10 years, depending on the amount of wear it goes through each year and how well the moving parts hold up over time.

If your sump pump seems to be acting up, it may be because it’s hitting its life expectancy. Give Invisible Excavations a call today for sump pump maintenance or replacement.

Is a battery backup sump pump worth it?
Because sump pumps usually mean the difference between a dry basement and a wet, damaged basement when heavy rain hits, a battery backup sump pump is worth the investment.

They’re simple to install, easy to maintain and will help your sump pump continue to run if the power goes out during a heavy rain storm.

How do I stop my sump pump from smelling?
From excess, stagnant water in your pump to a sewer line breach, a bad smelling sump pump can mean your pump needs minor maintenance, or it can signify a more serious problem in your sewer line.

While there are a handful of DIY methods to reducing or removing sump pump odor, it’s best to contact a licensed plumber. Implementing the wrong odor reducing method can exacerbate the issue and failing to catch a potentially big problem can mean big issues for your sump pump and sewer system.

Contact Invisible Excavations today to handle your sump pump issues.

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Invisible Excavations gives great customer service. They were quick, efficient, and helpful with questions that I had. What a great team! They responded immediately to my call.

Linda K.

We highly recommend Invisible Excavations. The crew that came to reline our sanitary sewer were very professional and experienced. They did in one day what we thought would take two days. They thoroughly cleaned the job site . We couldn’t be more happy with the job.

Richard B.

Had basement flooding through a cracked wall and due to collapsed drain pipes around the house. After many estimates with other companies, this one stood out. The work was done in a timely fashion with care taken for the property and landscaping. I highly recommend them! 

Rachel S.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Invisible Excavations' service area?

Invisible Excavations serves several counties surrounding Cleveland and Akron Ohio, including Cuyahoga, Erie, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina and Summit. If you are slightly outside of this service area, please call 216-741-5131 to see if we may still be able to accommodate you.

Does Invisible Excavations have a payment program?

Yes, we offer a payment plan. We understand that many cannot afford the upfront costs associated with pipe lining – especially if you encounter a problem unexpectedly. To accommodate all customers, Invisible Excavations offers financing.


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