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Two Reasons Why Your Sump Pump Could Fail

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

When you install a sump pump, you may take it for granted.  It is a vital piece of equipment that keeps your home or business dry.  A sump pump works by diverting groundwater and excess rainwater away from your foundation.  This prevents flooding and moisture in your basement. A sump pump is a complex machine that is made up of a variety of components.  If it malfunctions, and the pump fails to work, you are at significant risk for water damage. Here are two reasons that your sump pump could cease to work.

Loss Of Power

The most common reason that sump pumps fail is due to power loss.  This could be from your entire home losing power, or a fuse blowing for that circuit in your home. Sump pumps rarely run on a dedicated power source, so when the home loses power, the pump no longer does its job.  A backup generator connected to the pump can ensure that it will continue to function in a power outage. If your generator is gas-powered, remember to run the generator outside, and at a safe distance from the structure.

Pump Size Is Wrong

Sump pumps come in many different sizes to accommodate different situations.  Factors that determine what size pump you need range from the size of your basement, the level of groundwater present, and the potential risk for flooding. A pump that is too big will wear out faster, while a pump that is too small will struggle to handle the load that may occur.

If your home or business is affected by water damage, call SERVPRO of Greenwich.  We have over 30 years of experience remediating all types of water and moisture that may affect you.

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