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Why Might a Sump Pump Fail?

We are moving into the winter season, and around here that means snow and freezing temperatures. Of course, the occasional thaw is bound to happen, along with the big one at the end of the season. Whether heavy rains or major snowmelt, you don’t want water flooding your basement. If you have issues with water infiltrating  the lowest level of your home, you need your sump pump in Bloomington, IL to do its job.

Unfortunately, there is no way in which to guarantee that you will never encounter operational problems of any kind with your sump pump. In fact, chances are that you’ll run into an issue at some point. Here are a few of the more common causes of sump pump failure.

  • Poor installation procedure is a major contributor to heat pump failure. A heat pump may not be as complex as something like a gas boiler, but that doesn’t mean that just anyone can install one. Factors such as a check valve, an air relief hole, and even the positioning of the pump itself must be carefully considered to ensure a successful installation.
  • Sizing is another common cause of sump pump failure. Improper sizing is an issue with any mechanical system, really, from heaters and ACs to well and sump pumps. Obviously you don’t want a sump pump that is too small to operate reliably, but an oversized sump pump can actually be just as detrimental as an undersized one. Excessive strain due to improper sizing can lead to shortened lifespans.
  • Power failures are another common enemy of the sump pump. The conditions that lead to the need for a sump pump also often accompany power outages, after all. If you don’t have a generator to keep your electricity on when the power goes out, you should definitely protect your sump pump’s operation with a battery backup.

Contact Pipeworks Inc. for sump pump and other plumbing services throughout the area.


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