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Common Reasons for Sump Pump Breakdown

You have a sump pump in your basement or crawlspace to remove excess water that can damage your foundation and any belongings you have in that space. However, without proper maintenance and attendance to the area in which the sump pump resides, you may encounter problems with your sump pump when you need it most. Here are some of the more common reasons your sump pump in Doylestown, PA, may develop issues:

  • Your pump doesn’t have enough capacity – if you have taken on a great deal of water and your sump pump conks out, it may simply be a case of being overwhelmed. In situations like this, you may have to install a more powerful pump or install a second pump.
  • Your power is out – sump pumps need electricity to operate, which is why it’s important to have a battery back up with your sump pump.
  • The pump is tripping a circuit – sometimes you can switch the circuit back on, but if you find the circuit is resistant to being turned on or immediately turns back off, it’s time to call for expert help.
  • Poor initial installation – if your pump was not installed correctly, you are likely to experience any number of problems. Some common ones are issues with proper drainage, inadequate sizing and incorrect electrical connection.
  • Debris in the pump – if your sump pump doesn’t have a cover, dust, dirt and other kinds of debris can get into the pump and cause operational problems.
  • Clogged or frozen discharge lines – any time there’s a problem with your drainage lines, it’s important to call a specialist to unclog or unfreeze your lines. Your trained technician can also apply protection to the lines to prevent them from freezing.

The licensed, professional plumbers at Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling can help you with all of your sump pumps needs – just give us a call!

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