If the area you live in has frequent storms and flooding risks, the last thing you want to fail is your sump pump. However, like most machines, the sump pump is not bulletproof and can break down at any time. The sump pump is tailored to reduce the risk of flooding and water damage to your building, and when it fails, it is an emergency that needs prompt fixing.
If your basement is below the water table, a sump pump failure means you have very little time before the whole place gets swamped with water. In such a situation, the faster you remove the water, the less the damage will be. That said, your first course of action would be draining your basement. It’s always a good idea to call on emergency plumbing service providers to help you drain the water. After the water drains successfully, it is time to address the cause of the sump pump failure. The common causes of the sump pump failure that may need emergency action include:
An overworked pump
If you are experiencing torrential rain, flash floods, etc. it is possible that your pump is working overtime. This alone can cause its mechanisms to seize, leaving you in need of emergency services.
Clogged Sump Pump
Most of the water a sump pump drains is dirty. Over time this could lead to sedimentation in the pipes leading to clogging and back up and ultimately sump pump failure. It is recommended to have a qualified plumber check out your pump before the rainy season. In case the pipes are clogged, a professional may install emergency plumbing (depending on the level of damage) to keep you protected for years to come.
Power outages will definitely cause sump pump failure. If power is restored, but your sump pump still isn’t working, ensure that your circuit breaker didn’t trip. Installing a battery-powered backup for the sump pump will give you peace of mind, especially during extended power outages.
Now that you know the common causes of pump failure, you are better equipped to keep your basement dry.
Nevertheless, if your sump pump is not working or you wish to upgrade it, our team of plumbing professionals is always on call just for your thanks to our 24-hour emergency plumbing services. Call Doctor Drips at 615-970-0047 for all your sump pump failure issues.