A Homeowners Worst Nightmare – Sump Pump Failure

Sump Pump FailureThere are parts of the country that get an excess amount of snow or heavy rainfall. And in those same areas, most homes have a basement, which brings to our topic today –  Sump Pump Failure. That is a nightmare for any homeowner in those parts of the country and unfortunately, sump pumps get overwhelmed when the intake of water is massive.

What Causes Sump Pump Failure?

The most common problem that plumbers have found is the installation of an inexpensive (cheap), poor quality sump pump. Those work fine until a torrential rain or massive snow storms come and then they just can’t keep up. This nightmare can be avoided happening again by investing in a better quality, yes more expensive, sump pump.

Power outage is the next issue that plumbers have been called out to homes with flooded basements. No matter how good of a sump pump you have installed, when the power goes out, it’s inoperable. Many times when the power goes out, it can damage the sump pump just as with anything electrical.

This is why many homes with basements and sump pumps have back-up generator. When shopping for a generator for your sump pump, the answers to the following questions are important in choosing the right one:

1). Will the generator start automatically when the power goes out?

2). How long will the generator supply the house with power?

Another option is a battery backup for your sump pump. This can be considered a part of basement waterproofing because it will allow the sump pump to keep working should your basement take on water.

What If You Have An Inexpensive Sump Pump?

If you purchased a home that already has an inexpensive sump pump, plastic is pretty common in the low price range, you should accept that you will experience sump pump failure at some point. When they are made out of lesser quality materials, such as a thin sump liner, the failure rate is high.

Your best option then is to have a backup system installed.  In this manner, you will be able to remove any water in your basement. And while it may be an added expense, it will be cheaper than the repairs you may have later from water damage.

The Expense Of Sump Pump Failure

So, what if you leave it as it is? You don’t replace the inexpensive sump pump or install a backup system? When the next massive rain or heavy snow occurs, if your basement has not been waterproofed, you could have a flooded basement on your hands. And that is actually the good side of what could happen.

The worse thing that could happen is that the water slowly seeps into the walls and stays there, spreading out. It eventually moves down to the flooring of your basement or up to the first floor and begins to rot the wood.  The wetness begins to mildew then mold starts to grow.

You could find this all out by doing a bi-yearly inspection yourself or have a professional check your basement for leaks.  Or wait until a bigger catastrophe happens like the first floor falls in or a wall gets weak and crumbles.

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