Sump pumps are a vital piece of equipment in your basement to keep water out and prevent your basement from flooding. A sump pump’s purpose is to capture and filter out any water before it penetrates your basement. If sump pump failure occurs, your basement can and likely will be susceptible to flooding.
What Causes a Sump Pump to Fail?
Several different factors can cause sump pump failure to occur, from either poor installation or outside factors after it has been installed.
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The most common reasons for sump pump failure include:
Electrical power outages are a very common reason for sump pumps to fail, which can be especially damaging during a heavy rainstorm. A backup generator can activate the sump pump during a power outage.
If not installed correctly or the wrong size is chosen, a sump pump is very susceptible to issues. It is imperative to follow the manufacturer’s instructions exactly to avoid any issues once the sump pump is installed.
The most common mechanical issue with a sump pump is a switch problem. The float is responsible for managing the switch, so both of these need to work seamlessly together for the switch to operate properly.
It’s very important to keep up with your sump pump’s maintenance to avoid future issues. Depending on the manufacturer, some require the pump to be run periodically throughout the year to avoid issues.
Having an expert inspect your sump pump annually can help prevent certain issues from happening by catching them early. Like any machine, basic maintenance can help keep it running smoothly for years to come without any issues. Once installed, annual AquaGuard service maintenance includes:
- Testing & cleaning your sump pump system
- Testing & replacing batteries
- Checking valves for any clogging
- Checking the float switch to make sure it’s working properly