Reasons Why Sump
Anyone who's experienced a flooding in their basement will
attest to how crucial sump pumps are. Besides keeping homes
from flooding, sump pumps are also used to lift water from underground
storage tanks. Whatever the usage, a failed pump is always a
nuisance, and, as anyone who's operated liquid handling machines
will tell you, failures are quite common!
Most often, sump pump failures are caused by poor maintenance
and ignorance rather than the category as a whole being flawed.
Here are five reasons that commonly lead to sump pump failure.
1. The pump is not the right size
When a pump needs to move vast quantities of water but lacks
the horsepower to do so, it can become overwhelmed. This can
cause failure or a substantial reduction to lifespan. This is
occurs most often due to overheating and wear and tear. Does
that mean you should get a large pump to overcompensate? No,
unfortunately. A pump can experience a similar burnout when
it is too large for the job as well. Always purchase a sump
pump that is the right size for the task at hand.
2. Installation done wrong
Many times, following the manufacturer's instructions alone
does not guarantee a fault free installation. Take the pump
head for instance. The height to which a pump can raise water
is called the pump head, and the suction condition has an influence
on it. Since most sump pumps simply apply a constant pressure
to suck water at one end and discharge it at the other, lowering
the point at which water is sucked in can reduce the head, preventing
the pump from performing its function adequately. Factors like
this are best kept in mind during installation.
3. Lack of a check valve on the discharge line
Simply put, a check prevents water from flowing in the wrong
direction, otherwise known as backflow. This can occur if water
pressure is greater than what the pump can handle or if the
pump is not performing well enough. In the absence of a check
valve, water can flow back into the motor, which may cause irreparable
damage to a pump.
4. Lack of an air relief hole in the discharge line
While starting a pump, the motor has to get rid of the air present
in the discharge pipe. This can put additional stress on the
pump and reduce its lifespan. This problem can be easily overcome
by just drilling a relief hole in the discharge pipe through
which excess air pressure can be relieved.
5. A faulty switch
A switch is commonly operated using a float. Anything that prevents
the float from switching from an OFF to an ON position or vice-versa
can render the mechanism ineffective. This can usually be rectified
easily by getting rid of the obstruction that's causing the
float to malfunction.
While these are some common issues that can cause a sump pump
to fail, you should also keep in mind that all sump pumps require
regular maintenance to function properly. Also, abnormalities
such as a power surge can also render a sump pump useless if
proper protection is not provided. Last but not the least, the
importance of keeping the various pump parts and inlets and
outlets clean and free of obstructions cannot be overstated.
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