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3 Common Causes of Sump Pump Failure September 26, 2019

Rovenna Park, Anchorage
3 Common Causes of Sump Pump Failure, Anchorage, Alaska

A broken sump pump opens the door for serious problems in your home. Water damage, foundation erosion, and more are costly issues, which is why sump pump failure needs to be addressed quickly. It’s not a DIY job—determining the cause takes expertise, so call a plumber immediately to resolve the problem.

3 Reasons Your Sump Pump Isn’t Working

1. Poor Maintenance

You won’t have to use your sump pump regularly if your basement or crawlspace isn't prone to flooding. You’ll still need to run it once every two to three months, though, as part of a maintenance plan. Check for common side effects of poor maintenance. It may overheat, perform sluggishly, or not work at all. Check for grime or other buildup on it and schedule a tune-up.

2. Clogged Lines

sump-pump-anchorage-akWater can’t exit your home if the discharge lines are clogged. During winter, they may also be frozen. Check that there’s no debris in the line, and leave a small drip of water during winter so ice won’t form. You can also add a grate over the discharge line’s exit to prevent debris from getting in.

3. No Power

Sump pumps can suffer power problems if their electrical cables are damaged or if they’re on a faulty circuit. Always plug them into a wall outlet, and check the breaker to ensure it’s active. Never use an extension cord. They’ll break down over time, are unreliable, and can create shock and fire hazards. If the power cord is damaged, have a professional replace it.

 

If your sump pump fails unexpectedly or plumbing emergencies occur, turn to Always On Call Mountain Mechanical. These professionals serve Anchorage, AK, around the clock and can address several appliances and fixtures, including toilets, heating systems, humidifiers, and HVAC ducts. Call (907) 344-0700 to schedule appliance and furnace maintenance, and visit their website to learn more about their services. You can connect on Facebook for news and updates.

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