Sump Pump Failures and How to Avoid Them

Sump Pump Failures and How to Avoid Them

Every time a major rainfall hits an area, countless tales of woe are heard from homeowners who have gambled with a low-quality sump pump installation in their basement. During the worst storms, plumbers can work around the clock to pump water from basements and crawl spaces. Homeowners pay in any case it takes to help minimize the already extensive damage dealt to their home and personal possessions. Despite this these stories, sump pumps are better and more reliable than theyve ever been. But not all sump pumps are produced equal, and the low-quality systems that were unreliable years ago are nevertheless obtainable and nevertheless unreliable today. Most shared failures can be narrowed down to three major causes.

strength Outages

If you have a sump pump installed and the strength goes out, you may no longer have a working system. This is true for the major strength outages shared in large rain storms, when a fuse blows, or already when it accidentally comes unplugged. If youre counting on a generator to back up your sump pump when it loses strength, ask yourself these questions:
Will I always be home during a strength outage to start the generator? How will I know if the sump pump simply came unplugged? (Generally, youll know when the basement floods.) Will my generator have enough strength to keep it running until the strength comes back on?

Unless you have a good answer to all three of these, consider adding a battery backup sump pump system to your basement waterproofing solution. A good battery backup system should be able to pump at the minimum 7,000 gallons of water out of your basement on a single charge and is set to turn on automatically if the main pump loses strength for any reason.

Sump Pump Failure

If you have either a plastic sump pump installed in your basement, a do-it-yourself kit, or an inexpensive one installed by a plumber, its a matter of time before it fails. Plastic pumps often fail due to mechanical failure, but any sump pump installed directly in a sump pit without a strong, well-built sump liner and a stand will ultimately clog the pump due to dirt and debris from the pit that gets in.

If you install a backup sump pump, you can feel confident that when theres mechanical failure or the sump pump clogs, you have a second pump to keep the basement dry. Considering the cost of pumping a basement out and the damaged personal possessions you have when a failure and the basement leaks, this is a small investment. already a battery backup can offer permanent relief from a pump failure until a new dominant sump pump can be installed or the existing one is repaired.

Sump Pumps Overwhelmed

In a torrential downpour, your system may be overwhelmed with heavy volumes of foundation water. In these situations, a single pump can be overwhelmed and the basement can flood. Keep your basement protected by installing a reliable backup. In the case of overwhelming rain, both pumps can work to protect your home and keep the basement dry. If you also have a battery backup, it can turn on if one pump fails, and itll be there to pick up the slack if already both are overwhelmed.

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