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What Causes Sump Pump Failure?

Home Education What Causes Sump Pump Failure?

A sump pump is exactly what it sounds like: a pump! Sump pumps are placed in the lowest point of a basement or crawlspace, with the sole purpose of removing water from the space to keep your home dry. Sump pumps are designed to be long-lasting and durable, but issues can occur that will cause the pump to fail. When this happens, the pump can’t remove water effectively, leaving your home at risk of flooding. Here are some common causes of sump pump failure. 

1. Device Issues

If the wrong type or size of sump pump is installed, it’s only a matter of time before it fails. There are submersible and pedestal pumps, as well as a huge range of sizes. Sump pump professionals are the only people who should be trusted to assess your home and choose the right type of device to fit your needs. A pump that’s too small won’t be able to keep up with the water removal needs of your home, potentially causing the pump to fail. 

2. Clogs

By far the most common cause of sump pump failure is clogs. Your pump can get clogged in a few different places, and all can result in pump failure. Common clog causes include a blocked intake screen, frozen or blocked discharge lines, and clogged drains. Clogs are most commonly caused by leaves and twigs. Some clogs are easy to clear, while others turn into a more difficult job that requires special tools and sump pump knowledge. 

3. Poor Installation or Maintenance

Sump pumps require careful installation and yearly maintenance to keep them functioning properly. If your pump wasn’t installed correctly or isn’t regularly maintained, it’s not a matter of if it will fail, but when. Proper maintenance includes clearing debris to prevent clogs and lubrication to prevent seizing. Make it easy to remember by adding sump pump maintenance to your yearly spring-cleaning checklist, just in time for those notorious Spring showers!

Power Outage

Sump pumps require power to function, so in the event of a power outage, your sump pump will stop working. This can be avoided if you have a backup generator connected to the sump pump, but the reality is, most homes don’t have an automatic backup generator installed. Report a power outage to your electric company, and once power has been restored, check to see if the sump pump is working again. 

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