How Does a Sump Pump Work?


Water-powered sump pumps

Water-powered backup sump pumps are helpful to a home’s emergency preparedness plan. A backup pump will automatically activate if water levels in the sump pit rise above the pump’s float switch. When this occurs, the backup pump will sound an audible alarm. This signal will warn the homeowner to check the primary pump and power source. The backup pump connects to a suction PVC pipe, which reaches the bottom of the sump pit and connects to a check valve below the pump.

Another advantage to water-powered sump pumps is that they don’t need a battery. Battery-powered systems must be replaced every three years and cost several hundred dollars. This can add up over time, especially if you have a water-powered backup system that runs continuously.

Water-powered backup sump pumps are particularly beneficial when a power failure occurs. Since the pressure of municipal water powers them, they can continue pumping water out of the basement even if there is a power outage. This can prevent basement flooding even if the power goes out for days. Water-powered backup sump pumps like the Basepump have high energy efficiency. They can remove more than two gallons of water from a sump pit for every gallon of city water used.

Although water-powered backup sump pumps are an attractive option, they don’t offer the performance that a typical electric backup sump pump can. This means that they are best used for emergencies.

Mechanical failure

Several factors cause the mechanical failure of a sump pump. For example, if excess water fills the sump pit, the pump can be overloaded, resulting in a flooded basement. In addition, foreign matter that collects in the sump pit can clog the water intake pipe, causing the motor to run slowly or even fail.

It’s essential to call a technician if you suspect that your pump isn’t working. Most failures are caused by a malfunctioning switch, which a technician quickly diagnoses.

Other causes of mechanical failure include blockage. Often, debris builds up in the pump’s central pit, switch, or discharge line. A malfunctioning sump pump can’t keep up with the accumulation, resulting in a backup system that doesn’t work. In addition, the sump pump’s size or installation could cause its failure. Heavy rain can overwhelm the pump if not installed correctly.

A sump pump can also become inoperative if the power supply goes out. In such a case, it’s essential to have a backup power source for the pump. In addition, make sure the sump pit lid is solid. A blocked sump pit can also clog the discharge lines and impeller.

Lack of maintenance

One of the most common causes of problems with sump pumps is a lack of annual maintenance. A yearly maintenance appointment by a professional company is essential to keeping your pump operating smoothly and avoiding flooding. Annual expert maintenance checks will ensure that your sump pump is in peak condition. They will identify any issues before they cause a problem.

A lack of maintenance can lead to several problems, including pump failure or electrical power outages. Regardless, the best way to prevent this problem is to follow the manufacturers’ instructions and make periodic inspections. In addition to running your sump pump regularly, you should clean and check its float and discharge line air holes.

Another common cause of sump pump failure is improper installation. This is especially problematic if your pump is too old. A poorly installed sump pump may cause the water to back up due to clogged discharge lines or an improperly installed check valve. Another common problem is dirt and gravel in the sump pit, which can block the pump.

A sump pump is an essential part of a home waterproofing system. If it fails, it can cause a basement flood. The sump pump pit may become cluttered over time, and regular maintenance is essential.

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