If you dig a nine foot hole in the ground, you’re almost guaranteed to have water in it. Over time, this water can damage the foundation and cause permanent, expensive damage. As a result, most homes feature a sump pump which pumps groundwater away from the foundation of the home. However, a sump pump is just one possible point of failure, and can be the cause of your flooding problems instead of the solution.
How to Check Your Sump Pump
To check the sump pump, usually located in a corner of the basement, simply remove the cover. Inside you will see a pump, a float (similar to the one found in your toilet) and a discharge pipe. When the sump pump fills with water, the float rises and activates the pump. As water is removed, the float falls and switches the pump off.
If this doesn’t happen, your sump pump is not functioning properly.
Why Is My Sump Pump Not Working?
You could potentially fix the pump on your own without any tools. However, other problems may require a trip to the hardware store or a call to a professional for repairs or replacement. Your sump pump may be malfunctioning due to any of the following factors:
Frozen or clogged discharge
Lack of maintenance