Sump Pump Plumbing Repair
22 Dec

What to do in Boston if your sump pump fails and floods your basement

A flooded basement can be an absolute nightmare. A single storm can cause thousands of dollars of damage — to electronics, furniture and carpeting — not to mention the loss of other valuable items. 

This can happen when your sump pump fails during heavy rains. The good news is you can avoid this catastrophe through regular inspections and routine maintenance on your sump pump from a licensed plumber.

Call Plumbers 911 Boston to be referred to one of our network of plumbing contractors before it is too late. You can prevent a sump pump basement disaster by calling 877-754-0970 today!

Why sump pumps fail

The most common reason why a sump pump fails is due to age and a lack of routine maintenance. This is why we recommend using Plumbers 911 Boston to find a plumbing contractor to schedule sump pump inspections twice per year. 

Here are a few other reasons your sump pump may have failed:

A pipe is clogged

A sump pump is designed to prevent water from flooding a home by moving collected water from a basin through discharge lines. Sometimes these lines become clogged with debris. The pipes may also freeze. If either happens, the only place for the water to go is back into your basement. 

You can prevent this through periodic inspections from a licensed Boston 911 plumbing contractor. This will keep your lines free of debris like grass and leaves. The plumber can also inspect the piping for cracks.

To prevent freezing (which can be common in Boston winters), adding insulation to the pipes is a good decision. 

Improper installation

Never install a sump pump yourself. These are complex machines that require precise installation. In fact, improper installation is one of the most common causes of sump pump failure. Always have your sump pump installed by a professional plumber. A call to Plumbers 911 Boston can refer a contractor for the installation and subsequent maintenance checks. 

Your sump pump is old

Most people do not realize a sump pump is designed to last for about seven to 10 years. In fact, you should consider any sump pump older than 10 years to be on the verge of failure. If your sump pump is old, we recommend replacing it. After all, it is better to be safe and install a new sump pump than to deal with a flooded basement.

What to do if your sump pump fails

When your sump pump fails, the first thing you should do is check to see if there is power to your home. A power failure can cause your sump pump to stop working. Sump pumps that have an emergency backup battery are the better option. 

If power is not the issue, call Plumbers 911 Boston. It is important to get the sump pump back up and running quickly to prevent further flooding. 

Contact Plumbers 911 for a reliable Boston plumbing contractor!

It can be difficult to find a reliable plumber in Boston, especially after a bad storm or other natural disaster. The good news is Plumbers 911 Boston is a reliable network of numerous licensed plumbing contractors in Boston. We can quickly connect you to a plumbing contractor, who will send a plumber to your house to either fix or replace your sump pump. 

Our licensed Boston plumbers also perform sump pump inspection, so you can be sure your sump pump runs reliably year round. 

Call Plumbers 911 and be connected to a qualified professional plumbing contractor in Boston today!

To all our friends and customers regarding COVID-19

We will get through this together To say we are living in “unprecedented” challenging times would be an understatement. We hope this finds you and your family safe and healthy. We would like to list a few pieces of information and websites that we think will be helpful for you during this time.

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