Common Causes of Sump Pump Failure

Sump pumps are a critical component of any home’s plumbing system, as they work to keep your basement or crawl space dry by pumping out excess water. Unfortunately, sump pump failure is one of the leading causes of flooded basements. Regular maintenance and upkeep are essential to keeping your sump pump in good working condition, but there are some key signs that you need to look out for so you can address any potential issues before serious damage occurs.

Common Sump Pump Problems

Overworked Sump Pump

Sump pumps vary in quality and durability. Cheaper models are more prone to burnout, so it’s important to invest in a higher-quality option. However, even with a good pump, there may be situations where one pump cannot handle a large amount of water.

It is recommended to buy a high-quality, high-capacity sump pump in order to prevent system failures during critical times. This type of pump can handle most situations.

Clogged Sump Pump

Debris can build up and clog the inlet screens causing a decrease in water flow and eventual failure of the sump pump. Having your system checked annually is important to ensure that it is cleaned out and working most efficiently. If you observe any issues with your sump pump, it is important to promptly contact a qualified contractor, like Bodenheimer Plumbing Services, to address the situation.

Worn Float Switch

Over time, the float switch may wear out and fail to activate when necessary, resulting in water accumulation and potential flooding. As part of regular maintenance, it is important to check your float switch every few months and replace it when necessary.

Electrical Failure

A power outage or surge can cause the sump pump to either stop working because of lack of electricity or malfunction due to overload. To prevent this from happening, investing in a battery backup system is essential. This will ensure that your sump pump has the necessary power to run even when the main electricity supply fails.

Dry Running

If your sump pump runs without any water going into it, it can cause overheating leading to permanent damage or complete failure. This problem can be caused by incorrect installation, a pipe blockage, or a clogged inlet screen. Regular maintenance and inspection of your sump pump can help identify any potential issues before they become too severe.

Bad Installation

The success of your sump pump greatly depends on hiring the appropriate installation team. Hiring a company that doesn’t fully follow the manufacturer’s instructions may result in your system not being reliable when you need it, which can put you at risk of serious water damage. To effectively address this issue, it’s recommended to enlist the services of a reputable company that offers a work guarantee, possesses a license, and has insurance.

Sump Pumps: Installation and Repair by Bodenheimer Plumbing Services

At Bodenheimer Plumbing Services, we understand the importance of having a reliable sump pump in place to protect your property from water damage. We offer complete sump pump services including installation and repair. Our experienced technicians are knowledgeable about all major brands and models and will ensure that your system is properly set up for optimal performance.

If you need help with any aspect of sump pump care, don’t hesitate to contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment!

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