Why do Sump Pumps Fail?


With spring just days away, the last thing you want is your sump pump to fail during a big downpour. It happens to homeowners all the time, and fortunately, we’ve been able to help a lot of those people out.

Whether your basement is used for storage, as a photo studio, a home gym, a man cave, or as your teen son’s bedroom, you want to do everything possible to avoid a basement flood. We operate on the principle that prevention is better than having to react to the problem.

If you live in Kansas City and you have a basement, you know what sump pumps are all about. Unfortunately, though these devices have a tendency to fail when you need them most. While there’s no way to prevent 100% of all failures, there are steps you can take to help your unit run properly when you need it.

When Sump Pumps Fail

Sump pumps are extremely important. When they fail, it doesn’t take much water to create the mold, mildew, and thousands of dollars in damage. That is why proper maintenance is key.

Sump pumps can last from 3 to 20 years, which is a wide window, though they average about 10 years. Below are the most common reasons for sump pump failures:

  • An electrical power outage (one of the most common reasons)
  • The wrong-size pump (if it’s too big, it has to work harder)
  • A pump that isn’t installed correctly
  • A switch problem (one of the leading mechanical causes)
  • A poorly maintained pump
  • A discharge line that is frozen or clogged

While you cannot avoid all of the above problems with maintenance, you can certainly reduce the likelihood of them occurring. We have no doubt that you can avoid many of these problems, and you can increase the lifespan of your unit by ensuring that it is regularly maintained.

For all of your sump pump needs, reach out to the Kansas City plumbers at A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc. Call now to schedule a free estimate!

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