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Why Sump Pumps Fail. SERVPRO of Amherst / Clarence Can Help if it Does

3/20/2021 (Permalink)

A photo showing a sump pump pit A malfunctioning sump pump can flood a basement with water quickly, leaving a messy, muddy clean-up.

Why and what happens if your sump pump fails in your home or business?

Here are the five most common reasons why sump pumps fail:

 A loss of power.

Lack of power is one of the most frequent causes of sump pump failures. If your sump pump runs on electricity, you will be in trouble if you lose power during a major storm or if you do not pay your electric bill.

Heavy rain or fast snow melt can cause an overworked sump pump.

When you have excessive amounts of rain or water flow, there is a possibility your sump pump could continuously run until it burns out. Once it burns out, your basement will fill with water.

A Clogged Sump Pump

The drain lines that feed into the pit of your sump pump often carry bits of dirt, sand and debris that can build up over time and clog the pump. The sump pump will turn on, but it will not function properly and could lead to flooding.

Age of Sump Pump

Sump Pumps last 6 to 12 years.

If you know your pump is getting older or are unsure of its age, it is a good idea to replace it.

If your basements floods, you will need to get a plumber out to replace the sump pump and SERVPRO to mitigate the water damage.

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