04 Jan 2017
sump pump basement

What to do with Sump Pump Problems?

As a homeowner, you’ll go through good times and bad times. The bad times are when your basement has suffered through a flood, which means the sump pump isn’t always guaranteed to work.

The sump pump is one of the things to fall back onto when a flood occurs, but there is no guarantee for a dry basement. We’ve put together a list of common sump pump problems along with ways to avoid a basement flood.

Sump Pump Problems to Avoid

  • Power failure. Like any other appliance in your home, without power the sump pump is no good. One way to avoid a powerless sump pump is by investing in a high-quality back-up sump pump.
  • Check the switches. With a sump pump, there could be various switches that you’re looking at. Some of the most common switches are the vertical and tethered floats. These two switches are known for getting stuck on the side walls of the sump pit which can result in a flooded basement. Another switch that tends to fail is the mechanical pressure.
  • Frozen Sump Pump. If you live in a place where you live through brutal winters, it’s a possibility that the pipes have frozen. When the pipe isn’t pitched properly, the water will sit and collect that will eventually freeze once it’s below 32 degrees. The water that sits there backs up the pit and ends up spilling all over your basement floor aka it floods.
  • Old age. The sump pump is one appliance in your home that you don’t want to overlook, even if it’s not broken. If the sump pump is old, it’s best to get a new one or have it looked at so your basement never must go through a flood. Tip: Sump pumps should be replaced every 5-7 years for safety reasons.

If your sump pump has any of these issues above, please contact us today and Metro Structural will help you fix it or replace it. You shouldn’t have to enter the new year with a flood basement!

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