What to Do if a Sump Pump Alarm Goes Off?

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July 28, 2021

Sump pumps are located in the basement of a property where its primary job is to prevent flooding from happening. However, there are occasions where water can rise too high inside the sump pump. When this happens your sump pump alarm system will alert you. In this article, we explain what a sump pump alarm is and the reasons why you need one.

What Is a Sump Pump Alarm?

A sump pump alarm is used to monitor the water levels within the sump pump. Sump pump chambers are submersed so as a result, you cannot see when there is a potential problem and the water is about to overflow from the sump pump chamber.

The alarm will usually make a noise to alert the property owner when there is an issue with the sump pump. When this happens, you need to contact a qualified engineer to sort out the problem that is causing the sump pump to have high water levels.

What Are the Common Causes for the Sump Pump Alarm to Go Off?

When the sump pump alarm goes off it only tells you that there is a problem, but it does not actually tell you what the problem is or fix the issue. Below we have highlighted the reasons why the sump pump alarm may go off:


The sump pump system is designed to move water from your property but there are times when it can become clogged. Debris can collect in the water of the sump pit meaning it can become clogged as it is not designed to move solid items.

A sump pump that is clogged

To eliminate the chances of the sump pump clogging you will need to make sure that the sump pump chamber is covered so any debris cannot fall in. Having regular cleaning of the sump pump from a qualified engineer can keep the chamber free of debris and improve its longevity.

Sump Pump Is Overworked

Sump pumps are not designed to run continuously and if they are overworked then they will eventually breakdown. Once this happens, the pump will need repairing or replacing which is an added cost that can be avoided.

To avoid this from happening, make sure that the pump is not overworked with a high volume of the water it needs to pump out into drainage pipe. Depending on the property and the amount of water involved, you might need 2-3 pumps to handle the workload.

Power Outage

Sump pumps run on electricity so if there is a power outage then the sump pump will stop working. Battery backups for your sump pumps are essential to keep it working when you need it most.

Is Your Sump Pump Alarm Working?

As we have already explained, having an alarm is important so you are aware that something is wrong with the sump pump. Therefore, you must make ensure that the alarm is working properly.

Just like regular maintenance needs to be carried out for the sump pump, the same needs to be done with your alarm. Without maintenance being carried out on the alarm, there is the risk that the alarm might stop working.

We would recommend that a specialist carries out an inspection on the sump pump alarm, to make everything is working correctly. It is common that if you have regular maintenance carried out on your sump pump, then they would check the alarm as part of the service too.

Sump Pump Alerts Can Help Save You Time and Money

Having a flooded basement is the last thing any property owner wants. It can lead to water damage as well as potential damp and mould problems, which will cost you time and money.

Sump pumps are a great form of protection against flooding but just like any other machinery, there are potential problems if routine servicing is not carried out.

Sump pump alarms provide you with the reassurance that if there is a problem with the sump pump, the alarm will alert you straight away so that you can get an engineer to sort out the problem as soon as possible. This will, therefore, help keep your sump pump system running and severely reduce the chances of your basement being affected by water damage.

If you would like more information about sump pump alarms or would like maintenance for your sump pump alarm then contact our team by calling 0800 019 9949 or contact us online.


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