Sump Pump Failure
Sump pumps provide great value to basements. They sit in the lowest spot and immediately starting pumping water out as soon as its detected. They can help save your home from water damage. Like any other mechanical device, sump pumps can still fail. When this happens its important to call SERVPRO to come inspect your home. Here are some of the main reasons for Sump Pump failure.
Power failure – The most common cause for failure of a sump pump is a power outage. As we know, most power outages happen when we need the sump pump most, during a storm. Purchasing a backup generator to keep your sump pump moving during a storm can save your home from a flooded basement.
Improper installation – The installation of a sump pump is crucial to it working properly. One mistake or misstep in following the manufacturer instructions can lead to water to be displaced. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s manual or consult a professional to make sure the sump pump is installed correctly.
Frozen or clogged discharge line – The discharge line is where the water exits the home. It is important to make sure that the line is protected from freezing and does not have debris such as dirt, rocks and sticks. A grated discharge line will give water a separate way to flow in case of a blockage.
Lack of maintenance– Manufacturers recommend testing and running the pump every 2-3 months.
Switch problems – The purpose of the sump pump is to automatically turn on when a sensor notices that there is water build up. If the pump gets shifted and moves position inside of the basin, it can cause switch to be inaccurate and not know where the correct water level is, making the pump not switch on at the correct time.