Sump Pumps can lead to Sewage Damage

By Rachel Wheeler,

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The Risk of Backup

One might not think that sewage damage could occur regularly in a home, but it does for a multitude of reasons. One of the most common reasons being “sump pump” failure. If your home uses a sump pump you make be at risk for flood, water, and sewage damage.

What is a Sump Pump?sump_pump

  • Usually found in basement, crawlspace or lower level of homes.
  • Hole is dug in lowest spot of the area for the pump.
  • As the pump fills it moves liquid through the pipes that run away from the foundation of your home to an area where it can drain.
  • Includes a one-way valve that keeps water from re-entering the house.
  • Turns on via pressure sensor.

Unfortunately things don’t always work that perfectly. Heavy rains can knock out power and trigger a sewer backup. If the sewer line backups, sewage water can enter your home through your toilets or bathtubs, usually in the basement. Sump pumps run on electricity and during a storm, there is an increased chance of the power going out. Sadly, the time during a bad storm is when you need the sump pump to work the most, to help keep the water out of your basement.  If the power goes out, the sump pump will stop working, water overflows, and now you have water damage in your basement. Worst of all, this kind of damage usually isn’t covered in your homeowner’s insurance. Power outages aren’t the only thing that can make your pump fail.

Here are six other things to be aware of if you have a “sump pump” in your home:

  1. The Sump Pump is the Wrong Size – Too big and the pump is forced to work harder shortening the life span of the pump. Too small may lead to the inability to pump the water out correctly.
  2. Switch Problems – This occurs when the pump shifts from its original position, rendering the float mechanism ineffective. The float and arm mechanisms have to operate effectively for the pump to work.
  3. Improper Installation – Not following manufacturer’s instructions will lead to severe water damage to your home and damage to your pump.
  4. Lack of Maintenance of Machine – Pumps need to be checked every 2-3 months.sump_pump_maintenance
    1. Make sure it is discharging the water outside.
    2. Check the valves (can be installed backwards).
    3. Check and make sure the float and arm are working correctly.
    4. Listen for unnatural noises when the pump is running.
    5. Replace battery.
  5. Product Deficiency – Very rare. Test the pump when first installed to avoid initial damage.
  6. Issues with Discharge Lines – These lines need to be clear in order for water to exit your home. Make sure these pipes are protected from cold temperatures and debris.

Never Handle Sewage Damage on Your Own

In order to protect your loved ones and your property in the event of a sewage disaster call Reliable Restoration. Do not attempt to resolve sewage damages on your own as it can be a serious health hazard and can put you and your family at risk.

Reliable Restoration has the equipment and expertise to handle all types of sewage damage. With the proper equipment we will assess the extent of your sewage damage and then work tirelessly and efficiently to make sure your home is fully recovered and safe to return to. Remember we are available 24/7/365 for your needs. After all, with Reliable Restoration, your family is our family. Visit us at: www.choosereliable.com or call us at: (678) 325-1633.