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Understanding the Most Common Sump Pump Problems

Sump pumps are used in areas where basements are prone to flooding. They function by sending water away from your home to a place where it is no longer problematic. This is usually a municipal storm drain or a dry well.

As we discussed in a previous blog post regarding sump pump maintenance, routine service is absolutely vital. Conducting regular sump pump services will help you avoid costly problems, and perhaps even prevent sump pump failure. To further help you understand the importance of this service we’ve shared some of the most common sump pump problems you may run into below.

Power Failure

Just like any other electric appliance in your home, your primary sump pump relies on electricity to function. Though a power failure could be detrimental when you need your sump pump the most, you can invest in a high quality back-up sump pump to reduce this risk.

Stuck Switch

There are a number of different sump pump float switches. One type, tethered floats, are known for getting stuck on the side walls of the sump pit. When this happens, your basement may flood. Some sump pumps include mechanical pressure switches, which have also been known to fail.

Overwhelmed Sump Pump

Your sump pump must be appropriately sized. Most homeowners are equipped with a sump pump capable of pumping 35 gallons of water per minute. However, if your home sits in a higher water table or if you hear your sump pump running frequently, we’d advise upgrading to one that can pump around 60 gallons per minute.


Your sump pump is going to wear down eventually, just like any other home comfort device or system. In order to be reasonably safe, you should start to consider replacement after 5-7 years, or at least have your sump pump inspected at this time.

Gain a peace of mind with sump pump services in Elgin, IL from Lifeline Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. Call us today!