Any homeowner who has suffered through a flood knows that having a sump pump is no guarantee of a dry basement. For this reason James Vito has put together some common sump pump problems and what you can do to avoid a basement flood.
Power failure- Your sump pump is no different than any other electrical appliance in your home if there is no power! It will not work. James Vito suggests a backup battery sump pump.
Switch was stuck- There are several different pumps and each one has its pros and cons. James Vito plumbing suggests vertical floats. Tethered floats are notorious for getting stuck on the side walls of the sump pit, and other pits may have mechanical pressure switches that are prone to failure.
Pumps may get overwhelmed
James Vito advises that at a minimum, you need a 1/3 horsepower sump pump capable of pumping 35 gallons of water per minute. Anything less than that your sump pump might not be able to keep up with the flow of water. We advise upgrading to a 1/2 horsepower pump which can typically pump about 60 gallons per minute. James Vito advises that a sump pump should be replaced every five to seven years in order to be reasonably safe.