Sump Pump Failure from Devastating Storm
A Verona, WI residence had a sump pump fail causing extensive loss. Over a foot of rain in six hours on August 20 caused the pump to fail consequently flooding the basement and ruining fifteen hundred feet of carpet. SERVPRO of Dane County West mitigated the water damage by removing the carpet and pad, removing baseboard and drilling holes in the drywall to allow ventilation into drywall. We positioned fans and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture content to acceptable levels.
Sump pumps can also fail from mechanical failure, improper installation or even clogged pipes. Sump pumps are often taken for granted but like a furnace or appliance requires timely maintenance.
There are several reasons a sump pump can fail and what you can do to prevent it:
1.) Loss of Power: When the power goes out during a storm or a heat wave, the sump pump will not be able to drain water. Having a back-up generator specifically for the sump pump will keep water from pooling.
2.) Improper Installation: Following manufacturer instructions when installing the sump pump or bringing in a professional is key! Making sure the sump pump is the correct size and properly installed will make a huge difference with how it functions in the long term.
3.) Age: The average life of the sump pump is about 10 years. As it ages, the efficiency of the pump starts to become reduced.
4.) Clogged Pipes: The discharge pipe can become clogged with debris. Installing a grate or protective cover can keep the pipe clear and prevent overflow.
5.) Maintenance: Regular maintenance on the sump pump is key to keeping performance at peak efficiency. Cleaning the unit 3 to 4 times a year and having the unit checked by a professional bi annually can greatly reduce the chance of failure. Also, be sure to check the position of the float and adjust it as necessary to avoid any jams with the switch.
Should you experience water damage from the recent abundance of rain, SERVPRO of Dane County West is here to help for and make it "Like it never even happened." #608-497-3331