It’s not a matter of IF,
It’s a matter of WHEN.
It’s not a matter of if your sump pump fails, it is a matter of when. There are several reasons why sump pumps fail and it is important to make sure you know when yours needs maintenance or replacing so you can avoid severe flood damage.
The Most Common Causes of Sump Pump Failure:
The most common problem that can cause a sump pump to fail is when a switch gets “stuck”. If the float switch becomes stuck it is ineffective. This can happen very easily if the sump pit becomes dirty. Keeping it clean and regularly running fresh water through the pit can decrease the likelihood of a switch getting stuck.
Big storms often cause power outages. A power outage in your neighborhood combined with a storm that causes flooding can be a not-so-fun combination for homeowners. Installing a battery powered backup pump can help to mitigate the risk of a sump pump failure due to lack of power.
Frozen or Clogged Discharge Lines
When the sump pumps discharge line is frozen or clogged with debris, any water in the discharge line will flow back down the pipe and can flood your basement. Although you can’t completely prevent pipes from freezing, testing your pump on a weekly basis will alert you to a problem more quickly and allow you to find a solution prior to a flooding incident. The ProAct® 200 automatically tests your system every 7 days so you don’t have to. It alerts you of both successful and unsuccessful tests via text, email or mobile app alert.
Wear and tear after a period of years can decrease the effectiveness of a sump pump. Most manufacturers recommend replacing your sump pump every 7-10 years in order to ensure it is properly working. With the ProAct® 200 installed, you will know exactly when your sump pump has problems and be able to identify whether you need sump pump maintenance or if you will need to replace the entire unit.
This does not happen often, but another reason why sump pumps can fail is an improper installation. If you have checked for the above reasons and are still perplexed, you may want to have your sump pump installation looked over to make sure it was installed correctly in the first place.
What Can I Do To Minimize Risk of Failure?
Install the Beacon ProAct® 200, the ONLY sump pump test and monitoring system to proactively test every aspect of an installation under actual use conditions by admitting measured amounts of fresh water into the sump pit. With automatic tests every 7 days, the Beacon ProAct® 200 will alert homeowners of successful and unsuccessful tests.
Regularly have your sump pump system inspected by a trusted pluming contractor. This will ensure that everything is up to standard and minimize the risk of something going wrong when you need it most.
Purchase the ProAct® 200 today!