An idea on how to prevent sump pump problems

Industry Observer with Retired Realtor

April showers bring sump pump problems.  So, here is an idea on how to prevent sump pump problems.  You may or may not know what I am referring to.  Recently, two of my friends had sump pump problems that resulted in wet basements.  The amazing thing is they said their sump pump rarely runs.  In my opinion, that in itself is the problem.  The homeowner feels their pump doesn't run often, so why replace it.  The reason you replace it every 3 to 4 years is when the time comes for it to work, it works.

Many years ago in my previous home I experienced the same situation.  My pump rarely ran.  Then we had a few days of constant rain.  My pump worked so hard, a burning smell was coming from my basement.  I was able to unplug the pump before there was a fire, but boy (or girl) was there a mess to clean up.  From that time on I replaced the pump just before the warranty expired.

Fast forward to 2005.  I was building a new villa.  In the contract I had the builder put in a water back up system to ease my concerns that I would never have a sump pump failure again.

To date, I am happy to report, I have not had water in my basement.  You may be wondering if my water back-up pump has ever gone to work for me.  Yes it has during a couple electrical outages.

So here is my advice, if you don't have a water back-up system have one installed.  You may have heard a battery back-up works just as well.   Ask yourself, who is going to keep an eye on the battery to make sure it has enough power to activate the pump when the time comes.  With a water back-up system, you always have water pressure.  

Oh by the way, just to let you know, I am not a plumber.  I am a retired real estate agent.

I hope this was informative.  If so, let me know.


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