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Cincinnati Water Damage: Article About Sump Pump Failure

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In areas where flooding is common, most homes have a sump pump installed that removes water that accumulates in a sump basin. Sump pumps can work hard during heavy rainfall, and one of the most common problems that Cincinnati water damage specialists have to contend with is pump failure during storms, which tends to allow standing water in a basement.

All sump pumps fail, and estimating pump lifespan is difficult. A pump can last two decades or just three years, which is why homeowners must be prepared for unit failure. Keep in mind that most units fail due to a lack of power, so replacing or charging the backup battery on an appropriate schedule is essential. The other common reason that pumps fail is a lack of maintenance. Sump pumps should be inspected and cleaned by a professional on an annual basis.

In the event that sump pump failure does occur, the first thing a homeowner should do is inspect the sump pump. If the failure has occurred due to loss of power, then plugging the unit back in, flipping a circuit breaker or installing a fresh battery may correct the problem. If the home has a backup pump, such as a secondary or hydraulic sump pump, then ensure that the device is working as expected.

The water damage experts at Griffin Contracting and Restoration of Cincinnati OH can assist you with any questions regarding sump pump back ups or flooded basements.

The next step is to call a contractor who specializes in sump pump repairs and installations. Most plumbers who repair and install sump pumps are available at all hours for emergencies due to the nature of the business. Homeowners should choose a plumber they can trust and rely on, and then follow his or her advice. After failure, pump replacement is usually the more economical option.

If the home didn't have a backup system or the backup system failed, then the basement likely has standing water. In that event, call a water damage company right away. It doesn't matter if water is still entering the home. The sooner a homeowner reacts to water damage, the lower the repair costs will be, and the sump pump contractors and water damage contractors can work alongside each other.

Finally, homeowners should call their insurance companies, alert them to the damage and schedule a visit from a claim adjuster. Even if a homeowner eventually decides not to make a claim, there's no penalty for having that information with which to make the decision. Keep in mind that not all home insurance policies cover sump pump failure.

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