Check your sump pump regularly to make sure it's functional!
With the recent flooding in our Rockville and surrounding Montgomery County communities, many homes experience sump pump failure that led to flooded basements and leads from windows & doors.
A sump pump is used to remove water that has accumulated in a water collecting sump basin, commonly found in the basement of homes. For the most part, sump pumps are relatively unnecessary, but when an emergency arises, you’ll be grateful you had it.
A sump pump can easily avoid the crisis of having a flooded basement by draining all excess water back outside. However, when it fails, it’ll cost you a basement and thousands of dollars in water damage.
How does a sump pump fail?
It’s Installed Incorrectly
Instructions administered by the manufacturer must be followed diligently in order for the sump pump to be installed properly. Another issue is the size of the sump pump; while a small one can work just as fine as its larger counterpart, you must install the right size in order for it to function properly.
There Was A Power Failure
This is the most common cause of a sump pump’s failure, which renders this devise useless. A backup generator is always a good investment to make.
Problems With The Switch
This is the most common mechanical problem: a stuck switch. Debris can jam it and render it useless, or the pump can shift and the float can get stuck. A little cleaning and some adjustments to the sump pump’s position can go a long way to prevent this.
The Discharge Lines Are Frozen Or Clogged
Debris can clog the discharge lines, cause flood water to retreat back into the basement (to prevent this, be sure to install a grate at the opening of your pipe, preventing debris and even small animals from entering).
Prevention of frozen pipes is practically impossible. However, you can install an additional discharge line that continues to perform the original discharge line’s purpose when it is ineffective.
Sump pumps can be worn down over time and cease to work after 7-10 years of use. It’s best to replace your sump pump every ten years.
There Is No Air Relief Hole in Discharge Line
Gravel or Dirt?
Gravel and dirt can interfere with your pump’s switch and float arm. If you are unsure about your pump’s installation, contact a professional.
Lack of Maintenance
Clean your sump pump occasionally to make sure it’s operational.
You Might Have A Defective Product
It’s rare, but you could have had a defective sump pump. It’s best to test it upon installation to be assured that there are no defects.
Call us for help: SERVPRO of Rockville-Olney & Silver Spring North at 301-340-1313.