Replacing a failed sump pump with a new one.

A failed sump pump can cost you more money than buying a new car.

Right now, think about ANYTHING and EVERYTHING of value in your basement:

  • Television ($500+)
  • Computer ($500+)
  • Couch ($300+)
  • Carpet ($1000+)
  • Walls ($1000+)

And those estimates are conservative. The electronics=destroyed. The couch, walls and carpet = thick with mold growth.

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This isn’t just a hypothetical scenario. If you have a sump pump it WILL fail at some point during your lifetime.   

Read on to learn about – and be prepared for – the three most common causes of failed sump pumps.

Reasons behind a failed Sump Pump

A failed sump pump can create a colossal mess.
Water Damage: It Isn’t Pretty

The average sump pump can remove about 2,000 gallons of water per hour.

That’s about half of a modest above-ground pool. Even a few hours without crucial water pumping can cause a creek to flow through basement.

These are the three most common reasons behind failed sump pumps.

Power Failure

If this is the case, your pump works effectively…when the electricity is on.  When you have a sump pump, a simple power outage can mean thousands of dollars in damage.

You’re completely out of control. All you can do is hope the power returns before the damage is done.


The amount of water you need removed from around your house’s foundation— per hour — determines your sump pump needs. DIY installation most often results in an undersized pump.

If your pump is too small to handle the amount of water, you’ll run into trouble – in more ways than one.

First of all, if the demand exceeds the sump pump’s capacity, you’ll suffer from small, frequent leaks.

Secondly, a small pump will work harder than the right sized one. That constant extra labor takes a toll.

Remember, all sump pumps will break down. An overworked one will simply fail sooner.


Sump pumps are rated to last between 3 and 20 years — a huge range.

An old sump pump is at a greater risk for sump pump failure.
Old Sump Pump Vs New Sump Pump

However, the national average lifespan of a sump pump is rated for 10 years. Yet New Jersey homeowners report that their sump pumps typically fail in less than 10 years—far below the national average.

When a sump pump gets too old, it fails, simple as that. That failure often occurs without warning, letting loose a small river. There’s no escaping this one.

Failed Sump Pump: covered by insurance?

So let’s get back to the nightmare scenario of a creek running through your basement. You need a complete remodel to eradicate the mold growing behind your walls and under your carpet. You want to replace your second television or PC.

So, does your homeowners insurance help with that?

No. Homeowners insurance rarely, if ever, covers it.

What about flood insurance?

Surprisingly, nope. If your sump pump was at fault, you need specific failed sump pump insurance. Yes, it really exists.

Sure, we could point you in the direction of a good insurance agent. However, wouldn’t you rather just prevent the damage and hassle resulting from a failed sump pump? We can help.

Ben Franklin’s Failed Sump Pump Solutions

Your sump pump will fail during your life. Even if it makes it to the 20 year finish line, it will die.

When Benjamin Franklin Plumbing installs your sump pump, you get protection from power outages and being undersized for the job at hand. While we can’t keep a sump pump alive forever, we can ensure you have plenty of warning.

Battery Backup

You can’t control the weather or power outages, but you can make sure an outage doesn’t invite the Rio Grande into your basement.

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing sump pumps come equipped with battery backups. Switching on automatically when the power is cut, you get an additional 16 hours of protection.

Combination Pumps

You’ll appreciate that our combination pumping systems features both a primary and secondary pump. The second pump kicks in only when the system detects it is necessary. All you need to know is that you’ll be covered no matter what.

Sump Pump Failure Alarm

Our sump pump’s alarm system detects a malfunction and informs you. You don’t need to be within earshot though. You’ll always be informed as our Wi-Fi enabled alarms systems can even send a report or alarm straight to your phone.

If your pump is failing, give us a call ASAP.

This is the one and only way to protect against a sump pump’s inevitable breakdown. When it starts to break you can have a new pump installed within hours—no floods here.

In addition, we also install and support the Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector. When exposed to water, the Lyric sends a message to your phone so you can halt the source of the water. This device works alongside a sump pump to keep your basement dry.

Wrap up

We promise a flooded basement is one of the very last thing you want to experience. Your sump pump fights everyday to keep that from happening.

The causes of a failed sump pump include:

  • Power Failure
  • Size
  • Age

Remember your sump pump will fail. But when you have Benjamin Franklin Plumbing install or replace your sump pump, you get state-of-the-art protection from all three common causes of a failed sump pump and the disaster that follows.

Contact us for protection from sump pump failure, and for all of your plumbing needs.