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Common Causes Of Sump Pump Failure

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Power Failure

Your primary sump pump should not be treated any different than any other appliance in your home - without power, it is completely worthless.  As a safeguard, invest in a high quality battery back-up sump pump.   A battery kept continually charged by the backup system operates a separate pump linked to the discharge pipe, providing you hours of protection until power is restored. Some backup pumps even monitor the condition of the battery and alert you when it needs to be replaced.

Frozen Discharge Pipe

If the discharge pipe is not installed and pitched properly, water will collect. During cold Framingham, Ma winters this water blockage could eventually freeze, causing the sump pump to fail. 

Switch Stuck In Place

There are several different types of sump float switches.  Vertical and tethered floats are the most common.  Vertical floats generally work the best as tethered floats are known for getting stuck on the side walls of the sump pit (resulting in a flooded basement).

Over-worked / Under-Powered Sump Pump

Not all pumps are created equal. Make sure you install the correct horsepower pump capable of keeping up with the flow of water in your commercial or residential property.   

Old Age

It is generally recommended that sump pumps should be replaced every five to seven years in order to be reasonably safe. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

If you experience a sewage backup the first step, if it is safe to do so, is to turn off the Water Main. Then call the water remediation experts of SERVPRO of Framingham to remediate the water damage. and to determine the cause of the burst pipe at  (508) 370-4400. We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

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