When your basement sump pump stalls, water can accumulate in your basement and cause flooding. If you live in a flood prone area, the flooding in your basement can reach critical levels, and cause serious damage to your home.
There are a number of reasons why your basement sump pump may stall, and if you know what the problem is, you may be able to solve the problem without calling the expert. Below are some of the most common reasons why your basement sump pump may be stalling.
Trapped Float Switch
If the float switch of your pump is trapped among debris, your pump may not switch on. To correct the problem, look for that small, egg-shaped or round plastic ball, that is connected to your pump, then check if there is debris or foreign objects preventing it from moving freely. Remove all foreign objects that are trapping the float switch.
If the impellers of your sump pump are jammed, your basement sump pump will cough, sputter and may eventually stop working. To correct this situation, remove the housing of your pump, to gain access to the screen and the impeller. Remove the screen and rinse it, to remove dirt and debris, then remove all foreign objects that are jamming the impeller.