Spring brings warmer weather and budding flowers, but it also brings snowmelt and heavy rain. Is your home ready to handle the excess moisture?
What to Do When Your Sump Pump Overflows
A sump pump is responsible for moving rain and groundwater from the foundation of your home to a storm drain or other designated area. If your sump pump fails, your basement could flood, which is why it’s important to inspect your sump pump to ensure everything is working properly.
But sometimes, no matter what steps you take, your sump pump can overflow anyway. If this happens, it’s important to act quickly to prevent flooding and water damage.
- Check the power. Your sump pump runs on electricity, so if you lose power in a storm or other extreme weather event, this could be the cause of your problems.
- Reset the pump. If you haven’t lost power, the first thing you should do is reset your sump pump. Do this by unplugging the pump and letting it rest for a few seconds before plugging it back in. The pump should work on its own after resetting.
- Check for clogs. If steps one and two aren’t causing the problem, unplug the pump and check the basin for debris.
One of these steps should get your sump pump up and running again. In the event that your pump fails entirely, contact a technician for professional advice and repairs.
Common Causes of Sump Pump Overflows
Sump pumps work through a lot of water to keep your home dry. Because of this, there are many possible issues:
- Power outages are the most common cause of sump pump failures.
- Built-up residue and debris can block the pump and prevent it from pumping water out of the basin.
- Outdoor debris can block the drainage pipe, which prevents water from flowing freely.