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How to Prevent a Sub Pump Failure

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Sump pumps, drainage systems often employed in the basements of commercial buildings, protect buildings from the harmful effects of flooding and water damage by pumping water out of the basement. The failure of a building’s sump pump can be catastrophic, threatening the safety of a commercial building’s important documents, objects, and furniture. Your commercial business can take actions to prevent your building from suffering a sump pump failure by understanding various reasons as to why sump pumps might fail in the first place.


Infrequent Maintenance

Your risk of a sump pump failure is heightened when your unit isn’t undergoing maintenance on a regular basis. Make sure to regularly check that your sump pump’s vents are working properly and consider running a vinegar solution through the unit for cleaning in order to keep things running smoothly.

Old Age

It is also important to think about the age of your sump pump. Because sump pumps endure their fair share of wear and tear over the years, it is not uncommon for sump pumps to fail after 7-10 years. You can prevent a disastrous failure by keeping a closer eye on your sump pump as it nears this age range and consider replacing the unit if it begins to malfunction.

Power Outage

Sump pumps are also at a greater risk for failure during hurricane season and the summer months due to turbulent summer storms. Storms can serve as a double-whammy for sump pumps, as they often bring large amounts of rain and occasionally, power outages. Without electricity, sump pumps will not be able to complete their job of pumping rainwater away from the building. Hooking your business’ sump pump up to a backup generator can help your sump pump continue to run smoothly and avoid a failure.

Sump Pump Failure? Call SERVPRO

Sump pump failures can be overwhelming, but it’s important to remember that SERVPRO and our team of commercial water damage experts have your back. We are experienced in sump pump failures and will tailor our water damage restoration services to your business’ specific needs. For more information about our commercial water damage services, click here. To schedule your consultation, call SERVPRO of Metro Pittsburgh East today at (412) 672-5400 today.

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