Primary sump pumps are invaluable pieces of equipment in many homes, cycling diligently to protect basements from water damage. Although they usually work as intended, switching on when water fills the sump pit, they can fail for a number of reasons. Here are several common causes of primary sump pump failure:
- The discharge pipe to the outside could freeze or get clogged, preventing the pump from being able to discharge sump water.
- Mechanical failure: The pump motor could burn out from over-use, or individual sump pump parts could break. If the drive shaft, impeller, float switch, or other key parts break, the pump would be rendered useless.
- Mud or other debris down in the sump pit could cause a clog in the water intake.
- The float switch could get stuck, preventing the pump from activating when the water level rises.
- The pump could get unplugged or a tripped circuit breaker could disable its power source.
- Finally, the house could lose power. Without electricity, even the best quality primary sump pump cannot turn on. Unfortunately, power outages often occur during the same storms that could be filling your sump pit with water.
When primary sump pumps fail, the result can be severe, ruining nicely finished basements and destroying personal property. Unfortunately, insurance companies often do not cover water damage from groundwater, leaving homeowners stuck with huge basement repair bills.
Compared to the hassle and expense of restoring a water damaged basement, backup sump pumps are a minimal investment to make. The backup pumps we sell, Basepump water powered sump pumps and Hydropump battery backup sump pumps, are completely automatic. When the water in your sump pit rises above the normal level, they start pumping, whether you are home or away.
Water powered sump pumps are unique in that they do not rely on batteries or an electric power source of any kind. Instead, they use your home’s incoming municipal water pressure to pump out your sump pit, allowing for essentially unlimited running time, as long as you have incoming city water pressure. Also, Basepump water powered pumps are configured to allow for independent discharge piping, so that a clogged or frozen primary pump discharge would not disable the backup pump. Further, Basepump’s discharge pipe comes with a Discharge Relief Tee, allowing the pump to continue operating in case its discharge pipe clogs.
Hydropump battery backup sump pumps are an excellent solution for homeowners who cannot use a water powered sump pump, due to a well water source. They are straightforward to install, adaptable to most basements, and can be modified to accept an extra battery using the optional Dual Battery Case, thereby doubling their pumping time.
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This article is intended for informational purposes. Before beginning any construction project at your home, please ensure that you take necessary safety precautions and consult construction professionals whenever necessary.