Common Sump Pump Problems and Fixes


A sump pump is basically a pump that runs on electricity. This pump is used mainly to remove water that has been accumulated. When water flows into the sump pit, it pumps out water from the basket. This water is pumped out away from the building so that it stays dry.

Some Common Problem and Solutions

  • Power Failure: This is one of the most common issues that many people face. Since the pump operates with the help of electricity, power failure can be a huge problem. Often due to some kinds of power failure or power cut due to storms, this pump stops working. This leads to accumulation of water in the basement. With the help of a generator you can operate the pump and get rid of the water. Some pumps also come with a battery back up, but you will need to ensure that it is in working order and does not need to be replaced.
  • Improper Installation: Installing the pump the right way is essential. To avoid water accumulation and severe damages due to water, you have to make sure that it is properly installed. If it is not, then back flow of water and many other problems can occur. Call a professional to install the pump and you will avoid most problems.
  • Incorrect Size: Choosing and installing the right sized pump is very much important. If you choose to install a bigger pump, then it will try to work harder. This will cause a short life span of the product. If a small pump can do well you should buy that. But if the size of the pump is too small then it can lead to inadequate pumping ability. Again your local plumber can advice you of which pump will be best for you based on your needs and situations.

Lack of Maintenance: When you have any electrical appliances in your home, you have to take care of them. Maintaining the pump properly is necessary. Water will accumulate and even backflow is possible if the pump isn’t in working order. To prevent this you need to clean the inlet and outlet holes regularly.