Sump Pump Failure

Sump pumps are a vital piece of equipment in your basement to keep water out and prevent your basement from flooding.


Sump pumps are a vital piece of equipment in your basement to keep water out and prevent your basement from flooding. A sump pump’s purpose is to capture and filter out any water before it penetrates your basement. If sump pump failure occurs, your basement can and likely will be susceptible to flooding.

Why Do Sump Pumps Fail?

Sump pumps can fail to operate for several different reasons. The main reasons are either from poor installation, wear and tear on certain parts, power outage, or other outside factors that could prevent the sump pump from operating correctly.

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The Most Common Reasons For Sump Pump Failure Include:

  • Power Failure: Electrical power outages are a very common reason for sump pumps to fail, which can be especially damaging during a heavy rainstorm. A backup generator can activate the sump pump during a power outage.
  • Improper Installation or Wrong Size: If not installed correctly or the wrong size is chosen, a sump pump is very susceptible to issues. It is imperative to follow the manufacturer’s instructions exactly to avoid any issues once the sump pump is installed.
  • Mechanical Issues: The most common mechanical issue with a sump pump is a switch problem. The Float is responsible for managing the switch, so both of these need to work seamlessly together for the switch to operate properly.
  • Lack of Maintenance: It’s very important to keep up with your sump pump’s maintenance to avoid future issues. Depending on the manufacturer, some require the pump to be run periodically throughout the year to avoid issues.

Annual inspections are recommended as a preventative measure to make sure you don’t experience any issues with your sump pump. Like any machine, basic maintenance can help keep it running smoothly for years to come without any issues. Once installed, our annual service maintenance includes:

  • Testing & cleaning your sump pump system
  • Testing & replacing batteries
  • Checking valves for any clogging
  • Checking the float switch to make sure it’s working properly

Think you might have an issue with your sump pump? Contact Foundation Recovery Systems today to get your sump pump serviced! We are dedicated to providing all of our customers with communication and education throughout the entire process.

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