How Sump Pumps Fail
A sump pump is a pump used to drain excess water that has built up in a water collecting sump basin, usually located in the basement of homes. Sump pumps are used in areas where basement flooding happens regularly and to solve dampness problems where there is a high water table. These pumps direct water away from the house, to where it no longer poses a flood risk to the home.
Sump pumps can fail for a variety of reasons. Below is a list of the most common reasons your sump pump can fail.
· POWER FAILURE- sump pumps run off electricity. If your power goes out during heavy rains and storms the sump pump will not be able to operate and your basement could possibly flood. Having a backup generator can be helpful in saving you a headache later.
· NOT THE RIGHT SIZE- you would think it wouldn’t matter if the pump was too big or too small…BUT you would be wrong. If the pump is too big in can cause it to work too hard and will lessen the life of your pump. If the pump is too small, it can be ineffective at removing all the water and will work harder to keep up which can also lessen the life of your pump. Make sure your sump pump is adequate for the area and the circumstances.
· FAULTY INSTALLATION- sump pumps need to be installed exactly right. If they are done improperly it can lead to problems down the line… and possibly a wet basement. Make sure to follow the manufactures instructions correctly to ensure a proper installation.
· FROZEN OR CLOGGED DISCHARGE LINES- although you can’t stop the line from freezing you can help prevent problems when it does. Adding a special grated drain closer to your house to allow for water to get out if there is a blockage further down the line.
· LACK OF MAINTENANCE- maintenance is the KEY!!! Remember this. It is recommended by professionals to check your sump pump quarterly. Use a vinegar solution to clean the pump and remove any dirt and debris. Check the float switch to make sure it is not blocked and is operational and clean all vents and air holes. Regular maintenance will help maintain your sump pump and address any issues before they become major problems.
· PRODUCT DEFECT- although rare, defective sump pumps can happen. Make sure to test your sump pump after installation to make sure it runs smoothly and correctly.
Sump pumps are a great tool in helping to keep your basement dry. BUT if you find yourself in a wet and soggy basement due to a failed sump pump… Call SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/Bellmawr and we will make it all go away!