A sump pump is a vital part of your home's plumbing system.

When flooding occurs, the pump is activated, pumping water out of the basement and into the storm drains. Here are some common causes of sump pump failures.

Stuck switch

There's a device on a sump pump called a float switch. Like a float in a toilet tank which shuts the water flow off when the tank is full, the pump's float switch starts the pump when the water gets to a certain level. If the switch gets stuck, the pump never turns on. One solution: get a back-up pump installed.

Power failed

Another reason to have a back-up pump, preferably one that runs on battery power. If your power goes out during a flood (a fairly common occurrence) your sump won't pump

Old pump

Let's face it - nothing lasts forever. When a sump pump gets too old, it may fail without warning. The fix: have your pump replaced regularly, about every five to seven years.

Frozen pipe

The sump pumps its water into a discharge pipe leading to the storm sewer. If the water in the pipe freezes during winter, the water has nowhere to go but back into your basement.

Not powerful enough

You'll want to check the horsepower rating and capacity on your sump pump to make sure it's enough for your location. How do you find that out? Ask us.

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