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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Signs Your Sump Pump is Failing

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Williamsport/Montoursville is here for all your water damage needs- but we want you to know the signs of sump pump failure so you can avoid any unnecessary water damages to your home or property. Here are a few things to look for:

  • Stuck Switch- The most common problem is when a switch gets “stuck”. If the float switch becomes stuck it is ineffective. This can happen very easily if the sump pit becomes dirty. Keeping it clean and regularly running fresh water through the pit can decrease the likelihood of a switch getting stuck.
  • Power Failure- A power outage combined with a storm that causes flooding can be a stressful combination for property owners. Having a battery powered backup pump installed can help to mitigate the risk of a sump pump failure due to lack of power.
  • Frozen or Clogged Discharge Lines- When the sump pump's discharge line is frozen or clogged with debris, any water in the discharge line will flow back down the pipe and can flood your basement. Although you can’t completely prevent pipes from freezing, testing your pump on a weekly basis will alert you to a problem more quickly and allow you to find a solution prior to a flooding incident. 
  • Old Age- Wear and tear after a period of years can decrease the effectiveness of a sump pump. Most manufacturers recommend replacing your sump pump every 7-10 years in order to ensure it is properly working. 
  • Improper Installation- This does not happen often, but another reason why sump pumps can fail is an improper installation. If you have checked for the above reasons and are still perplexed, you may want to have your sump pump installation looked over to make sure it was installed correctly in the first place.

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