1. Power Failure
- The most common cause for sump failure is an electrical power outage.
- Prevent this by having a back-up generator that can be manually activated. Also, protect a potential power surge with a service entrance surge protection device.
2. The Sump Pump is the Wrong Size
- Incorrect sized pump will likely cause a failure.
- Too big – pump works too hard and shortens the lifespan, too small – same problem.
3. Improper Installation
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions exactly. Read all the do’s and don’ts of installing a sump pump.
4. Lack of Maintenance
- Check your manufacturer recommendations.
5. Frozen or Clogged Discharge Lines
- Keep the discharge pipe from freezing and free of any kind of debris.
- There is a special grated discharge line attachment that can be added to help prevent this.
6. Product Defect
- Always test after installation to make sure the sump pump is working properly.
7. Switch Problems
- Your sump pump relies on both the switch and float arm to work properly.
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