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Sump Pump Failure Tips

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

You may ask yourself what is a sump pump and what it does? For those who do not know a sump pump is a pump that removes water to prevent flooding usually located in basements. Therefore, a sump pump failure can lead to flooding and damage of your basement.

These are the some of the reasons why sump pump failure happens:

No maintenance on Sump Pump:

It is recommended to keep maintenance of your sump pump to prevent from any backflow and causing flooding. Manufacturers recommend to keep maintenance of your sump pump every 2-3 months by:

  • Cleaning the air hole in the discharge line

  • Listen for unusual noises when the sump pump is running

  • Sometimes the pump can run but not pump any water. This means the impeller has disengaged from the pump shaft or the check valve is installed backwards.

  • Check that the discharge line  is not clogged or backed up

Frozen or clogged Discharge lines:

It is important to keep the discharge line cleared so water can exit your home with no trouble, if a discharge line is clogged it can cause water to backup causing flooding. If you are having trouble clearing discharge lines and drainage pipes call an expert to help with your sump pump.

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