When it comes to removing water from a flooded basement, a typical tool of the trade is the handy sump pump. The size of the flooded area will determine the size of the sump pump necessary. Once running, there are several reasons why your pump may stop functioning.
- Sump pump left unplugged or accidently unplugged
- Blown fuse or circuit breaker tripped
- Pump jammed (stone, mud, etc.)
- Discharge pipe frozen or clogged
- Pump not large enough for amount of incoming water
- Pump burned out
These aren't all of the possible problems, but these are the easiest to personally look into and give you a head start in determining if you have a faulty pump or not. Determining a small problem can also save you money by not requiring you to purchase a new pump or pay for a repair.
Keeping your sump pump maintained is also a smart idea to add to the longevity of your purchase.