Sump pump failure
Bad weather storms and power failure often make nasty combination that often results in a flooded basement. Or your sump pump somehow became unplugged, tripped a circuit breaker or GFCI (Ground fault circuit interrupter). (Read resetting breakers or resetting GFCI’s) One way to avoided this is by simply purchasing and installing a battery operated backup sump pump or a backup generator for your sump pump. If you lose power during a bad storm, you can manually turn this generator on to ensure your basement will not flood. Other issues can occur if your sump pump’s discharge pipe becomes frozen or clogged with debris. Another issue can be when the pump shifts inside the basin, causing the float that operates the switch to become ineffective by lodging itself against the side of the pump. Both these problems can typically be fixed with a little cleaning and adjusting of your sump pumps position within the basin. Routine maintenance can help reduce the risk of basement flooding. If you have any additional questions, give Voltek Electric a call at 262-224-3226, or you can reach us through our online contact form.