A well-performing sump pump can do wonders on your home. When it’s working at peak performance, you can keep your home from the threats of flooding or plumbing leaks. However, sump pumps are vulnerable to failure that is caused by different issues.
Reasons Sump Pump Fails
A sump pump is composed of mechanical devices that are susceptible to malfunction over time. When these mechanical devices fail to perform, the sump pump is likely to fail as well. Many factors affect the performance of sump pump including the brands, model, quality of design and materials used for building, and more. Improper installation also causes your sump pump to work ineffectively.
There are a variety of problems that you can encounter regarding your sump pump. Let us take a look at three common sump pump maintenance issues you should watch out for.
1. Clogged Pump and Switches
Over time, sump pumps can become clogged because of the debris and dirt carried away into the pit. Clogging often happens if the pumps are installed beneath the sump pit. The absence of a lid in the sump pit also allows the dirt to accumulate into the pump causing blockages or jam on the mechanics. The clogged pump is typically a result of a sump pump not turning on or automatically shutting off as the debris and dirt restrict the float switch mechanism. When a clogged pump happens, your plumber has to clean or replace specific parts of the system.
2. Sump Pump Power Loss
Power loss is another common issue when dealing with a sump pump. If it loses power, your basement can become more prone to outdoor elements like a storm. Aside from power outage, your sump pump might stop working due to human error. Someone in the house might accidentally unplug the power or tripped over the cord. Contact your plumbing contractor for the best solution to this issue.
3. Clogged or Frozen Discharge Lines
A sump pump can fail because of clogged or frozen discharge lines. Clogging means the sump pump will not be able to expel excess water from the basement effectively. To prevent incidents of flooding in the basement or other parts of the house, make sure that discharge lines stay cleared and covered. Or, connect with your trusted plumbers immediately after you discovered that something is wrong with the discharge lines.
If you experience any problem regarding your sump pump, do not hesitate to contact us at Napps Heating, Cooling & Plumbing for expert help. Call us now!