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07 Jul

Identifying the solutions to your sump pump problems

Your sump pump may have saved you from disaster in the past.

When it rains, are you confident your sump pump can continue to keep doing its job to ensure your basement and belongings remain dry?

Unfortunately, even with a sump pump, homes and businesses can flood, leaving you with the potential of thousands of dollars in water damage to your home and personal belongings.

Sump pump problems

A working sump pump in your home or business is a great way to lower your chances of walking into the basement and finding it flooded. 

Sump pumps are mechanical devices with moving parts, which work to pump water out of a collection basin in order to prevent flooding. 

While these devices perform a great service, they can also encounter a number of issues.

For instance, if the power goes out or if there is more water coming into the basin than the device can handle, you may have a problem on your hands.

Excess water volume in your sump tank may cause your sump pump to malfunction. If the water is pouring in faster than the sump pump can handle, water will eventually cease to be pumped and will eventually flow out of the sump tank and spill over onto your floor.

Another common problem is a completely disabled sump pump. Since sump pumps are electric devices, they are at the whim of electricity. If a storm knocks out the electricity in your neighborhood, your sump pump will no longer work if it is not connected to a battery backup.

What to do if my sump pump is not working

If your sump pump stops functioning, it is probably time to invest in a different pump, which come in a number of types, models and price points. The Plumbers 911 sump pump emergency repair page details the different types of sump pumps commonly recommended.

Like most things in life, there are expensive sump pumps and cheap sump pumps. Typically, you will get what you pay for.

In areas where homes are prone to flooding due to wetlands, low elevation, frequent heavy rains or nearby bodies of water, a second sump pump may be your best option. Installing a second sump pump, located higher than your primary pump, can activate in the situation your primary pump is overwhelmed.

If you are worried about losing power to your home, which can result in your sump pump shutting off entirely, a battery backup can be your best friend! Installing a backup battery to activate in the event you lose power will keep your sump pump running and buy you some time before the power turns back on.

Plumbers 911 expert plumbers are the perfect fit for any sump pump job. They have gone through rigorous background checks and screenings to ensure they are fit to enter your home.

If you are unsure about what to do, contact Plumbers 911! Plumbers 911 will refer you to an expert local plumber, who can give you the best advice and perform emergency service where needed.