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Sump Pump Failure

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Sump pumps provide an effective way to drain water from your house. They eliminate excess water and prevent your basement from flooding that might occur after rapid melting of snow, heavy rains or because of groundwater.

Sump pump failure is a pretty common issue, especially if maintenance is neglected. There are many possible causes of sump pump problems, however, it’s not that difficult to find the reason behind a faulty device if you follow a step-by-step troubleshooting guide.

In the vast majority of the cases, sump pump failure is caused by one of the issues I’m about to list.

Remember Safety first: If your sump pump is not working properly in a flooded basement, the first thing you should do is shut off the electricity in that area. Do not enter a wet basement until the power has been disconnected because that could lead to an electric shock.

  1. Switch Problem

One of the most common causes of a malfunctioning sump pump is a stuck or faulty switch.

  1. Overworked Pump Burn Out

An overworked pump can easily burn out if you don’t reduce the load.

  1. Power Outage

One of the first things you should do when your sump pump stops working is to check the power supply.

  1. Clogged Discharge Pipe or Pump

A clogged discharge pipe is a common cause of sump pump failures.

  1. Failure Due to Old Age

Nothing lasts forever.

  1. Incorrect Installation or Pump Size

Proper installation and size is key to avoid sump pump failures.

  1. Lack of Maintenance

Proper maintenance can significantly extend the lifespan of your sum pump.

  1. Defective Sump Pump

This is one of the least common causes of a sump pump failure, but it can happen.

Should your sump pump fail and cause water damage, don't hesitate to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Burlington!

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