What Causes Sump Pumps to Fail?

When it comes to disaster prevention, a sump pump is one of the most important devices that you’ll ever rely on. Unfortunately, when this simple, yet vital system fails at the wrong time, you get catastrophic results – leading to higher insurance premiums, thousands in damage, and daily disruptions as major repair work is being done.

To avoid sump pump failures, many homeowners keep a replacement pump handy just in case their sump pump dies, but that doesn’t do any good if yours dies while you’re out of town during a power outage, or if your pump gives out while you’re sleeping through a stormy night.

This is why you want a sump pump backup system, so no matter the time or reason for the sump pump failure, the backup system will be your knight in shining armor.

Why Sump Pumps Fail

Why do sump pumps fail? The #1 reason is due to a power outage, not because of a problem with the sump pump unit itself. Other events can cut off the supply of electricity too; for example, the sump pump can get unplugged, or lightning can trip GFCI outlets.

Even when the power stays on, the pump itself can fail. Often, an inexpensive unit is just too small to handle the flow from rapidly melting snow or from a major downpour. Other causes of sump pump failure, include:

  • Lost pump efficiency
  • Regular running causes the pump to burn out early
  • The motor runs but the pump doesn’t eject the water
  • Float switches get trapped inside the pump and can’t switch on the pump
  • Inexpensive switches can cause motor burnout

Getting a Battery Backup System

The best way to protect your property, your belongings, and your furnishings is to invest in a battery backup system, which consists of a battery, a battery-powered pump, a charger, and piping.

While backup systems come in good, better, and best units, the “best” units have larger batteries and a better battery charger. Meaning, the larger battery has a longer run-time, and the better charger extends the life of the battery.

While it’s beneficial to get the “best” units, if you have minor seepage and don’t experience power outages often, you may be safe buying a less expensive backup system. Then again, that cost savings could turn out to be expensive if a 100-year storm sweeps into town and knocks out the power and floods your basement.

Looking for a plumber in Kansas City to help you with a sump pump or backup system? Call A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc. to schedule a service call with one of our friendly and knowledgeable plumbers!

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