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3 Things to Do When Your Sump Pump Fails

Sump Pump failure doesn't have to ruin your home.
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When your sump pump fails, it is easy to panic and fear the worst. Sump pump failures can cause a lot of damage, but some of it can easily be alleviated. At ABCO Restoration, we know that your home’s cleanliness matters to you. We are available in the South Bend and Elkhart areas to respond quickly to your call should your sump pump fail. With us by your side and some helpful tips on what to do when your sump pump fails, your home will be returned to normal in no time. 

Sump Pump Failure

When it comes to water-related damage, sump pump failure is a common cause. Unfortunately, sump pumps can fail for many reasons. Some common reasons that sump pumps fail can include frozen water lines, clogged drains, failed switches, and poor maintenance. Furthermore, sump pumps get old, and natural wear and tear can sometimes push them over the edge. 

When your sump pump fails, water can back up in your basement, causing a host of other issues. Since mold loves moist and damp areas, if left untreated long enough a sump pump failure can cause mold growth. Along those same lines, water backing up in your home carries with it a wide array of health concerns. Lastly, unwanted stains and smells can begin to accumulate if left untreated. 

Remember: water belongs in your pipes, not in your home, so don’t hesitate to call a professional as soon as you notice a sump pump failure.  

Turn The Power Off and Check Basic Functions

The first thing to do when your sump pump fails is to turn the power off! This is very important since water and electricity are not a fun combo. Safety should always come first. However, after turning the power off and ensuring it is safe to touch the sump pump, you can begin an essential functions checklist. Sometimes the problem is a lot simpler than it may seem, so running through this basic list could save you time and money. Make sure the plug is working correctly. Sometimes the pin is the issue, not a more significant problem, and a broken plug is easily replaced. 

If you can, examine the float switch to see if it is operating. Sometimes there is an opportunity to keep it from moving. Next, test the pump for any strange and abnormal vibrations. Look at the pipes to make sure they are not clogged or obstructed. If you identify a small problem, fix yourself safely, then go ahead and repair the pump. However, if you are unsure how to proceed, what the issue is, or can’t safely fix your pump, always call an expert.

Call A Professional When Your Sump Pump Fails

Since you have covered all of your fundamental bases, it is time to bring in a professional. A professional water damage specialist from an accredited restoration company can fix your sump pump most efficiently and safely. They also can significantly reduce the amount of water damage sustained by your home. ABCO Restoration knows how to tackle your sump pump failure and restore your house quickly. 

Clean Up Excess Moisture, Sanitize, and Air Out The Area

Make sure that after your sump pump is fixed, you clean up any excess moisture. Extra moisture can accumulate and cause further damage even after the initial problems have been fixed. You can air out areas with fans by opening windows and using towels. You may need additional services, such as a carpet cleaning expert, to help restore your home after water damage. Lastly, sanitize these areas since not all water is 100% clean from viruses and bacteria. These protocols will help restore your home and keep your family healthy. 

Contact ABCO Restoration Today

When your sump pump fails, don’t panic. Instead, call the trusted experts at ABCO Restoration. With over 40 years of experience under our belt, we know how to tackle all of your water damage-related restoration needs, no matter how big or small. At ABCO, we promise all of our clients a 5-year guarantee and are here to answer all of your questions. Don’t wait! Call today toll-free at 1-800-441-0201.

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