The most common reason for sump pump failure is a power outage. When you have bad weather, your sump pump probably kicks into gear. But it can’t work if there’s no power to it. All too often, bad weather knocks out the power and renders a sump pump useless. The only way to keep this from occurring is to have a backup generator. When the power fails, the generator kicks in, and your sump pump can work.
If you don’t already have a generator, you should consider asking your plumber about one. Most people need their sump pump the most when the weather gets bad. There’s a good chance you will lose power when you need your sump pump, so why not protect yourself? With the help of an experienced plumber, you can have a backup generator that allows your sump pump to work in the worst of weather incidents. You can call us to learn more.
Contrary to popular belief, sump pumps need routine maintenance. Most people don’t realize this because they don’t spend much time thinking about their sump pump. You might have it hidden away in your basement, and only give thought to your pump when it begins to rain or flood. Unfortunately, this is why your sump pump might fail you.
Every year, you should have a professional inspect your sump pump. If you live in an area that’s prone to flooding, you might need more frequent maintenance of the pump. During the maintenance, a professional checks all of the components of the sump pump. They look into the pit, check the electrical connections, and examine the discharge location. If there are any potential problems, a professional addresses them before they can become an issue for you. By receiving routine maintenance, you can make sure your sump pump is ready to protect your home from flooding.
Approximately every seven to ten years, you should replace your sump pump. You can call a plumber to have them inspect your sump pump and tell you the remaining lifespan of the equipment. However, you should avoid waiting for the pump to fail on its own. The whole point of having a sump pump is to have protection against flooding. If you don’t replace your sump pump soon enough, it could fail you during a big storm.
You may also need a sump pump replacement sooner than seven years. If you don’t provide your pump with annual maintenance, it might stop working after only a few years. This is also a possibility if you fail to hire an experienced plumber to install your sump pump. A poor or improper installation could cause your sump pump to fail early on in its lifespan. If you have questions about the life of your sump pump, reach out to us.