Given the rains and winter weather in Indiana, precipitation and moisture
are inevitable. This can lead to extensive flooding and water damage in
homes. That is why many houses have sump pumps installed in their basements.
These devices help clear flooded basements of water, helping to reduce
damage and potential fire hazards. However, what happens to the sump pump
with excessive flooding? In order to understand how flooding affects a
sump pump, we need to know how one functions.
A sump pump is a device placed in the lowest point in the home, usually
the basement. The sump basin catches the water that gathers in the basin.
Once the basic is full, the floating switch triggers the pump that starts
expelling water. The device comes in two forms – a pedestal and
a submersible. A sump pump is effective for helping defend your home from
extensive water damage. However, flooding does take a toll on the tool.
Sump Pump Damage and Flooding
Too much of anything can turn into a bad thing. This is especially true
when it comes to excessive flooding in your home, particularly in the
basement. While many people worry about the damage that water can cause
to the basement and other objects in the home, few consider the harm a
sump pump can experience. Like many other things, if overworked, flooding
can cause plenty of damage to the tool.
Some damages flooding causes you sump pump include:
An overwhelmed sump pump – If you have a lot of flooding and only one sump pump, the device will have
to work harder than usual. The constant use can cause the pump to slow
down or stop working because of prolonged usage. If you live in a particularly
wet area of Indiana, consider getting two sump pumps to lighten the load
off that one you have.
Sump pump continues running – When your basement has heavy flooding, your sump pump may go into overdrive,
meaning that it constantly runs. This may be a problem when there is no
longer any water in the home. You want to make sure that the device stops
once the threat of the water is gone.
Clogged sump pumps – Flood water tends to carry a lot of debris and particles as it moves across
your home. As the pump filters the water out, the sump pump lines and
switches can become clogged, causing the unit to either slow down or break.
Make sure your device is clear after you experience a flood.
Lost power – Constant movement in your basement or crawlspace where your pump is located
can disconnect the pump from the power line. Make sure that the unit is
connected to an outlet. However, never touch electrical units when there
is water present. Wait for the water to leave and then proceed with caution.
At Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling, we want to make sure that your
plumbing and sump pumps work effectively to prevent extensive water damage
in your home. If your pump is not functioning the way it should be, contact
our Indiana plumbers today. We offer services such as battery backup,
sump pump replacement, repair, and installation. Call today for a free estimate!