Experiencing Sump Pump Failure? Do This!

Apr 27 2022

A flooded basement or sewage backup isn’t a fun experience at all! What’s even worse is when your sump pump fails to do its job. With the rainy season approaching, you definitely want to make sure your pump is doing what it was designed to do. We highly recommend taking the important steps to prevent failure in the future. However, if it’s too late and your sump pump starts acting up, read more from Rapid Restoration to see what you can do! If the problem gets worse, you may need a professional to get the job done.

Signs of Sump Pump Failure

There are various causes of sump pump failure, and you want to do everything you can now to prevent that from happening. If needed, we highly recommend calling in a professional or investing in a new sump pump. If you’re in Minnesota, please reach out to us! It is better to do that right away than to spend thousands on water damage later.

So, what are the signs? Well, if your sump pump falls into any of these categories, then you definitely want to get that taken care of before the issue becomes worse:


A clogged pump is the most usual way for a sump pump to experience failure, so it is important to clear that clog out quickly. We highly recommend consistently keeping an eye on your pump to prevent any build-up of dirt or debris.

Strange Noises

The louder the noise is coming from the sump pump’s pit, the more serious the problem will be. As your sump pump becomes older, the motor will not work properly. Any sign of a rattling motor is a sign your sump pump is failing. 

Your Pump is Getting Older

If it’s been 7 years since you had your pump, it might be about time you got a new one. The best way to tell is by looking for rust. This will help you to know when to replace your sump pump. Visible rust in the motor can cause chemical build-up and even clog your pump. 

Constant Flooding

The main purpose of a sump pump is to prevent your home’s basement from flooding. If you notice your pump not doing its job in preventing flooding, then you know there is a problem. Let’s get that resolved quickly to avoid a much larger headache in the future. We have a few steps you can do yourself before looking into getting a new one.

Do This if your Sump Pump Fails!

If you are consistent with your sump pump’s maintenance and always checking up on it, the longer it will last and avoid failure. However, if it’s too late and you are experiencing flooding, it’s important to take action immediately.

Getting the water out yourself may seem like a more cost-effective solution, but we don’t recommend doing this yourself. It is best to call a professional who has the proper tools and safety gear to get the job done. If the flooding is not too dangerous, you can attempt to fix the source of the water damage and do what you can to dry the area out, to prevent any mold build-up. 

Here are the steps to take when your pump fails:

Prevent Clogging

Clogs are the most common cause of your sump pump failing. It’s important to do all you can to prevent this from happening. Consistently open the pump lid to check for debris and small household objects. Cleaning and replacing the filter when clogged can help the pump last longer.

Check the Power Source

A stormy season means possible power outages. Making sure your sump pump always has power will prevent failure. Be sure to consistently inspect your backup battery system and that the cord is always connected to an outlet.

Look For Leaks

Signs of outside water or leaks in the discharge pump can help to determine if any kind of replacement or maintenance is necessary. 

Replace Malfunctioning Float

If filling the sump pit with water is not making the sump pump turn on and off on its own, then this could mean the malfunctioning float needs to be replaced.

Repair Your Sump Pump

When the sump pump isn’t too damaged, you may be able to fix it. It is best to determine the damage first and do all you can to make an insurance claim. You don’t want to go in there and make the problem worse if you are unsure of what to do.

Time to Call in the Professionals! 

Trying to repair your sump pump on your own can be a huge hassle. It’s not an easy job and without the right tools and knowledge, making it your DIY project can make things worse.

Once water enters your home, it can be very difficult to deal with. That is why our Rapid Restoration team is here to help! We understand how Minnesota homeowners often face a lot of threats to their property. No matter the threat, we are here to take on challenges and provide you with the satisfaction of security. If you currently reside in Minnesota, contact us today for more information and help in efficient restoration! 

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