Carney All Seasons Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Sump Pumps’

Common Reasons for Sump Pump Breakdown

Monday, June 29th, 2015

You have a sump pump in your basement or crawlspace to remove excess water that can damage your foundation and any belongings you have in that space. However, without proper maintenance and attendance to the area in which the sump pump resides, you may encounter problems with your sump pump when you need it most. Here are some of the more common reasons your sump pump in Doylestown, PA, may develop issues:

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The Importance of Sump Pump Maintenance

Monday, January 21st, 2013

You work hard to keep your home safe and working well. That’s why many homeowners have decided to put in a sump pump in their basements. Sumps pumps are a great way to make sure that your property is safe in the event of a flood or a burst pipe. One of the nice things about sump pumps is that they are a pretty robust piece of equipment. However, like all things, they do require regular maintenance and check-ups. At Carney Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, we provide complete sump pump maintenance and installation as well as sump pump repairs in Lansdale. We want our customers to be comfortable in their homes and to know that their property is safe. Check out some of the benefits to getting your sump pump regularly maintained in Lansdale.

Common Sump  Pump Problems

  • Stuck float – One of the most common reasons why your sump pump might not turn on.
  • No power – Unless you have a water-powered sump pump, yours probably runs on electricity. If you lose power, if the wires get corroded or if the plug gets accidentally unplugged, your home will become vulnerable to flooding.
  • No water in sump pit – This is usually associated with bad sump pump installation.
  • Sump pump won’t turn off – This can sometimes be from a stuck float, but it could also be that your sump pump is just overworked. This can be because the check valve is letting water from the discharge pipe get back down into the pit. It could also be that your sump pump pit is too low or that your home is on an area with a high water table or a natural spring.

Benefits of Sump Pump Maintenance

Here are some of the major benefits to getting regular maintenance for your sump pump.

  • Reliability – Because your sump pump is designed to work during emergency situations, you absolutely need to know that it will work when you need it to. Regular sump pump maintenance in Lansdale is a great way to make sure that it will come on and do its job when you need it.
  • Efficiency – When your sump pump does come on, you want it to work as efficiently as possible. You need to know that it will have the ability to successfully evacuate the water in your basement. Without regular maintenance, your sump pump may become worn out. While it may turn on, it might not be working well enough to do the job it needs to do. With regular inspections and tests, your plumbing technician will be able to tell if it is up to the job.
  • Extended life – Often, we see that small problems that were left unattended ended up destroying one of our customer’s sump pumps. When you have your sump pump regularly inspected, you can make sure that those small issues get resolved quickly.

If you’re interested in sump pump maintenance in Lansdale, just call Carney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. We’ve been providing fast and reliable sump pump maintenance throughout the Lansdale area for many years.

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The East Coast Prepares for Frankenstorm!

Friday, October 26th, 2012

As Hurricane Sandy moves towards New England and a winter storm moves in from the West, the east coast needs to prepare for the potential effects of this massive storm.

Hurricane Sandy | Bucks County | Carney Plumbing, Heating  & CoolingCNN Reports, “that Sandy could be a storm ‘of historic proportion’…There is a 90% chance it will hit the American Northeast, said CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri, where $1 billion in damage could mount as it rolls inland, even affecting parts of the Midwest.”

Here at Carney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling we have already been getting calls about sump pumps and sump pump back-ups from customers eager to prepare for the storm. If current weather predictions are accurate, Hurricane Sandy could be the greatest storm of our time.  With only days left before the storm hits in Bucks and Montgomery Counties now is the time to prepare.  Here are some helpful tips to keep your family safe during the storm:

Before the storm hits:

  • Build an emergency kit, including food, water, warm clothing and other supplies.  Plan ahead for the specific dietary or medical needs of your family.  Pack enough supplies to last at least 72 hours.  Include any items that will help you stay warm and safe in the event of a power outage.  Please view these additional tips that may be helpful when preparing your emergency kit:
  • Bring pets indoors.
  • Plan an evacuation route taking elevation, existing bodies of water and flood-prone areas into consideration.
  • Take steps to secure your home, including covering windows, trimming trees and shrubs, clearing clogged rain gutters, reinforcing garage doors and bringing outdoor furniture and decorations inside.  Installing a generator is also a great idea for emergencies.
  • Turn your refrigerator to the coldest setting to keep items fresh in the event of a power outage.


During the storm:

  • Stay indoors and away from windows and glass.
  • Close interior doors.  Keep curtains and blinds closed.
  • Remain on the lowest level of your home in a small room, closet or hallway or lie under a table on the floor.
  • Avoid travel unless absolutely necessary.  If you need to travel, use main roads and only travel during the day.  Let someone know when you’re leaving, where you’re headed, what route you will take and what time you plan to arrive at your destination.
  • Listen to the radio or TV for storm updates.


We hope your family stays safe and warm this winter!


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