Why Do Sump Pumps Fail?

Have you ever experienced a flooded basement? If you have, then you know just how devastating it can be. If you haven’t, you won’t want to experience one. It is therefore important to ensure that your sump pump is working properly all the time.

Sump pumps, like any other machine, require regular cleaning and maintenance. It is advisable to clean out your sump pump at least once every 3 months. It is also advisable to ensure regular maintenance of your sump pump with the help of a professional.

The following are some of the most common reasons sump pumps fail and what you can do:

  1. Poor installation

Many homeowners want to cut down on costs by installing their sump pumps on their own. This is a recipe for disaster. In order for a sump pump to work correctly, it should be installed properly. It is important to ensure that it is installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications.

Professional waterproofing contractors receive certification and regular training from manufacturers. They therefore understand how the specific pumps work and how to install them for the best performance. It will therefore work in your favor to have your pump installed by a certified professional.

  1. Power outage

If your main pump runs on AC power, then it won’t work when the power goes out. Power outages are common during thunderstorms with heavy rainfall. This means your basement will be left without a defense against flooding.

It is important to invest in a battery-powered sump pump. This ensures that when your primary pump fails, the backup pump will take over. Since the backup pump is battery-powered, it won’t be affected by the power outage.

  1. Faulty float and switch

The pump is switched on when the float in the well comes up to a certain level. Problems can occur with the pump switch when the pump’s position in the well is shifted. The float therefore doesn’t move as required to trigger the switch.

It is important to regularly check your pump and ensure that it is in the correct position. Running regular checks on the float and switch mechanism by filling the well with water will also help you determine whether there is a problem.

  1. Wrong pump size

It is important to choose the right pump for your basement. Using a pump that is too small or too large will shorten the life span of the pump. It is important to get a professional to assist you with the sizing of the pump. They can inspect your basement and consider your requirements to determine the best pump size.