How Spring Rains Cause Sump Pump Failure

The spring is here, and for those in many areas, that means rain. While those April showers might bring May flowers, they can also bring flooding and water in to your basement. That means your sump pump may need to kick on and do its job, but unfortunately, sump pump failure often occurs around this time of year for a few different reasons.

The Soil is Over-Saturated

Those who live in areas with a lot of snow know that as the snow melts, it can lead to some basement flooding. They’re usually prepared for this, but they don’t realize that the threat from this melted snow continues even after it’s gone. That’s because it leaves the soil over-saturated with water, so when those spring rains come in, the soil can’t absorb any more water.

This leads to that water finding its way right into your basement. If your sump pump has been working hard dealing with the melting snow, it may not be ready to handle this additional influx of water.

Another issue is that spring showers often come one after another. While the sump pump might have no trouble dealing with a few inches of water one day, when it has to handle repeated showers without much of a break, it can get overtaxed.

The Pump Hasn’t Been Serviced

Even if there’s not a lot of melted snow water hanging around, a good spring rain can cause the sump pump to fail if it hasn’t been serviced and maintained properly. Sump pumps need to be checked regularly—usually once in the spring and once in the winter to make certain they can handle the spring rain and the melting winter snow.

If you don’t have your sump pump checked at least once a year, you may need to be ready to handle some sewage cleanup in Dayton, Ohio. Even as little as an inch of water standing in your basement can cause thousands of dollars in damage, so it’s not something you can let go. The cost of keeping your pump maintained is nothing compared to what you may need to pay.

Sump pump failure is also usually not covered by insurance—even flood insurance may not help you here. In fact, most insurance policies don’t include coverage for the failure of any kind of drainage system.

The Pump is Trying to do it All

While having a sump pump installed is certainly a necessity, it shouldn’t be your only line of defense against flooding in your basement. If you have to deal with water in your home on a regular basis, consider doing other things to help control it. You may need to have gutters installed to help direct water away from your home, or you might need a French drain.

If the ground around your home slopes inward, you will want to have it leveled or, even better, made to slope away from your home. This can help prevent water from getting into your basement in the first place. Remember, your sump pump should be your last line of defense, not the only way of handling the flooding that can come with spring rains.

Should you find yourself under water, give our sewage clean up professionals at Active Restoration a call, so we can help get you out of water and back to having a dry, livable area!

Written by Torrch
on April 29, 2015