Solving the Mystery: Sump Pump Runs Without Water

A sump pump that continues running even when there is no water may seem confusing. This scenario can lead to unnecessary wear on the pump, potentially shortening its lifespan and leading to more significant problems. Oriole Basement Waterproofing’s experts explain the reasons behind this occurrence and offer professional advice on addressing it. 

Understanding Sump Pump Operations

A sump pump automatically activates when water reaches a certain level in the sump pit and turns off after it pumps the water out. However, if it won’t turn off despite no visible water, it indicates a malfunction that requires immediate attention.

Common Reasons Why a Sump Pump Keeps Running

  1. Stuck Switch: The most common issue is a switch problem. If the float switch that activates the pump sticks in the “on” position due to obstructions or mechanical failure, the pump will continue to run.
  2. Incorrect Pump Size or Installation: A pump that is too powerful for your needs or incorrectly installed can cycle on and off, even without water.
  3. Continuous Water Flow: Sometimes, water may continuously seep into the sump pit, keeping the pump active. This flow could be due to high groundwater levels or poor drainage around your home’s foundation.
  4. Check Valve Failure: The check valve prevents pumped water from flowing back into the pit. If this valve is malfunctioning, it can create a cycle where the pump runs continually.

Addressing the Issue

  • Inspection and Repair: A thorough inspection by a professional can identify the cause. Oriole Basement Waterproofing’s team is equipped to diagnose and fix such issues efficiently.
  • Switch Replacement or Adjustment: Adjusting or replacing a faulty switch is a relatively simple fix that can resolve the problem.
  • Reassessing Pump Size and Installation: If the pump does not meet your home’s requirements, Oriole can recommend and install a more appropriate model.
  • Improving Drainage: Enhancing exterior drainage can reduce the amount of water seeping into the pit, alleviating the problem.

Protecting You From Future Headaches

A sump pump that runs continuously without water is not just an annoyance; it’s a sign of a potential issue that property owners shouldn’t ignore. Oriole Basement Waterproofing has the expertise to diagnose and resolve these issues, ensuring your sump pump system functions efficiently and effectively. Promptly addressing this problem can prevent headaches and protect your home from water-related damage. Trust Oriole to keep your basement dry and your sump pump in top condition. Contact Oriole today to start the conversation.