Sump Pump Stopped Working – What To Do Now?

A machine is a machine so it can stop working anytime sooner or later. No matter how much you take care of it, no doubt some day or once in a life it will stop working for sure.

So it is important to learn about that machine for tackling with the upcoming problems. Just like other machines Sump Pump can stop working too and it is common.

Because  it’s a water tool and if pump is not working from long time it will stop working. Also other things like blockage, rust and leakage etc. can also cause trouble.

Some other things also cause issue to work sump pump properly, so in this article we are gonna talk about them.

If your sump pump stopped working too then you need to check this guide. Maybe you will be able to solve the problem by yourself.

Sump Pump Stopped Working - What To Do Now?

Why Sump Pump Fails To Work Properly?

When a working sump pump stop working or turn on, then there are chances that you have a flooded basement. Maybe your sump pump is not that powerful to tackle with too much water.

So to tackling this kind of situation experts suggest to install a high quality cast iron submersible sump pump and also a secondary sump pump with battery backup.

Submersible sump pumps are long lasting and comes with self-cooling technology, and they are powerful to handle too much water. So installing a good sump pump with backup in first place minimizes the chances of failure.

Still if your sump pump is not working check below:-

1. Major Basement Flooding

If your basement was flooded recently and your sump pump failed to handle that water, then you need professional help.

Remove that standing water as soon as possible as standing water causes so many issues pump related and also health related too.

That standing water can permanent damage your foundation and also promote the allergens.

So call a professional for help in this situation.

2. Stuck Float Switch

Sump pump depends on float switch to turn on or off. As whenever water rises to the adjusted level floated switch activates the pump and when water level goes down the pump turns off.

So if your float switch is stuck then your sump pump will not work properly. When sump pump works it creates vibrations so the floating switch can get pressed in the side of the sump pit or another stuckable place.

Check if it happened your case then your pump will not work. So if your float switch is stuck, make it unstuck and your pump will start working again.

If this is not your case then maybe maybe your float switch is filled with water as some float switches are hollow. And by the time they get filled with water. So with the weight of water it fails to rise as it should, so empty the empty the float switch and it will start working again.

Still if this is not happening in your case check if float switch is held down by any physical debris. Try to make smooth as much as possible.

It will make things easy and your pump will start working for sure.

3. Frozen Discharge Pipe

This problem normally comes in cold weather, as it by chance any water is left inside the discharge pipe, It will freeze and stop the way out.

Sump pump uses suction too remove the water through pipes from the sump pit when it reaches the certain level. The discharge pipe throw the water away from the house and keep your basement flood free.

It is important, discharge pipe must be long enough to release the water few feet away from your house, so the water can’t find the way back to your house immediately.

But in cold weather, the present water inside the discharge will freeze and pump will face physical blockage.

To stop the blockage you need to melt the ice first for that you can use the hair dryer or any other heat kind of thing.

Once you are done with that take the help of the professional to stop that happening again.

4. Power Issue With Pump

It can be happening with you that sump pump is not getting proper power. So before performing above listed steps try this first.

It really happens most of the times that your pump is not plugged in properly so it will not work. If pump is plugged in properly then check for fuse box and also check the cracks in cable.

Sometimes we use the outlet for other works and forgot to plugged the pump again. Maybe it happens in your case too.

If your outlets are not GFCI maybe the fuse on your circuit board is blown. Check for that if it is then replace it and also start using GFCI outlets.

Maybe during the rainstorm there was no power from backend, that means power outage causes the pump to stop. So install a backup battery system to not face the same issue in future.


In the last we can say if your sump pump is too old then you need to replace it as soon as possible.

Check the papers and see how many years they owners said it will work. If that time is passed or near then replace the sump pump with new one.

We hope this guide helped you to solve the problem, if not then please get help from the professional and solve the issue as soon as possible.

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