Tips to Prevent Your Sump Pump from Malfunctioning

Is your home equipped with a sump pump to protect against basement flooding and water damage? If so, you're already taking a crucial step in protecting your property from the threats of excess water. Sump pumps are essential tools that work diligently behind the scenes, but what happens when they malfunction? In this guide, we'll explore the consequences and valuable tips to prevent your sump pump from malfunctioning.

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First Know the Causes of Sump Pump Malfunction

Knowing the cause is important to take preventive steps. Several factors can contribute to sump pump malfunctions. Here are some of the most common causes:

  • Power Outages
  • Clogged Discharge Lines
  • Mechanical Failures
  • Improper Installation
  • Insufficient Pump Capacity
  • Blocked Sump Pit
  • Electrical Issues
  • Age and Wear
  • Extreme Weather Events
Installed backup sump pump

Tips to Prevent Sump Pump Malfunctions

With proper maintenance and preventive measures, you can significantly reduce the risk of sump pump malfunctions. Here are some essential tips:

  • Regular Maintenance: Schedule regular inspections and maintenance of your sump pump
  • Battery Backup: Install a battery backup system to ensure that your sump pump continues to function during power outages.
  • Protect Against Clogs: Install a sump pump filter to prevent debris from entering the discharge line and causing clogs.
  • Proper Installation: Ensure that your sump pump is properly installed, with a correctly sized sump pit, adequate wiring, and proper ventilation.
  • Monitor for Signs of Malfunction: Be alert for signs of a malfunctioning sump pump, such as unusual noises, excessive running, or failure to turn on or off.
  • Professional Assistance: Consult a professional if you notice any concerns about your sump pump's performance.
Replaced new sump pump to a old one

Consequences of Sump Pump Malfunctions

The consequences of a sump pump malfunction can be severe, affecting both the structural integrity of your home and the health of your family. Here are some of the potential consequences:

  • Basement Flooding: A malfunctioning sump pump can lead to basement flooding. It can damage the flooring, walls, and more.
  • Mold Growth: Excess moisture in the basement provides an ideal environment for mold growth. 
  • Foundation Damage: Repeated flooding and water damage can cause structural damage to the foundation of your home.
  • Electrical Hazards: A sump pump malfunction can also lead to electrical hazards, especially if the pump is not properly installed.

Experience Water Damage Due to Sump Pump Malfunction?

Sump pump is responsible for pumping out the excess water from your basement. But, it's not unusual to experience water damage or flooding due to the malfunction. If you encounter such bitterness in the New Jersey area, PDQ Fire and Water Damage Restoration is here for you. For years, we have been serving our clients with the best water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation services. We are licensed and have extensive knowledge to restore your damaged property. Give us a call at 973-447-3363 or contact us online to learn more about our services.

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