Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sump Pump Failure

Tips to keep your basement from flooding


With Michigan's sporadic weather, it may seem like an uphill battle to protect and maintain your home from mother nature. If you live in Michigan, you have probably walked downstairs after a stormy night to find that your basement flooded.... again!

A typical homeowners insurance policy has a limit of $5,000 for backup or sewers and drains (less your deductible, of course). This includes sump pump failure/backup so it is important to have your water backup system in tip-top shape, especially if you have a finished basement.

If your sump pump isn't doing the job, you might want to install one of the following:


  • backflow preventer or backwater valve
  • water powered sump pump
  • backup system with a generator
  • battery powered backup sump pump

Top reasons why sump pumps fail:


  1. Float switch is broken
  2. Too much water, sump pump can't keep up
  3. Clogged intake screen
  4. Pump is air locked
  5. Jammed by mud/stone
  6. Power outage
  7. Tripped circuit/blown fuse
  8. Broken pump impeller or drive shaft
  9. Clogged/frozen discharge