A sump pump that helps keep water from getting in your basement.

A sump pump is an essential basement appliance. When you had your sump pump installed, you decided to include an alarm. You almost forgot about this feature since your sump pump has always been quiet and reliable. But this time, the alarm is going off and you have no idea what to do next! 

Why Is the Alarm Going Off?

The alarms that BDB Waterproofing includes in our sump pump installations are high-water alarms. High-water alarms are designed to be an early-warning system. It’s not likely that you’ll be facing water in the basement yet, but it should be a cause for concern. It’s important to act quickly when you hear the alarm. It could mean that you’re on your way to a basement flood, and, if you know anything about the potentially costly effects of water damage on your home, you’ll want to work to get the water out of the basement as quickly as possible.

When a sump alarm goes off, it doesn’t always mean that you’ve got a basement flood on your hands. There could be other issues with your sump pump making the alarm go off:

The Sump Pump Is Clogged

Sometimes, dirt, mud and other debris can log the pipe(s) of your sump pump which can prevent your pump from working properly. When it gets clogged, the water will rise causing the alarm to sound.  While you could attempt to fix this yourself, you will want to have your pump cleaned regularly by a professional to avoid an emergency.

The Sump Pump Is Overworked

Sump pumps aren’t designed to run continuously. A pump that’s constantly running will eventually burn out and fail. If your sump pump has been overworked, it won’t be able to keep the water levels low enough which can trigger the high-water alarm. If your pump is running constantly, you’ll want it to get inspected by a professional as soon as possible. There’s a possibility that you may need an additional pump in your basement to keep the water levels under control.

Power Outage

Sump Pumps may sound and alarm when there is a power outage in your home. Often, when power is restored, the pump will start working again and the alarm will go off. But there are times when the power outage is for an extended amount of time that you will have to resort to other ways to remove the water in your basement. Better yet, you can install a sump pump batter backup. If the sump pump malfunctions or the power goes out, the backup will automatically activate and operate for several hours.


While it can be alarming to hear your sump pump beeping, especially during a heavy rain storm, being educated on how your pump works and how to troubleshoot the issues can help ensure that the pump is functioning properly to prevent excess water buildup under your home. Your sump pump should only run when it needs to. You will want to periodically test your sump pump to ensure that it is functioning properly and that all the parts are still working. At BDB Waterproofing, we can provide sump pump maintenance service. 


Questions about a Sump Pump?

When it comes to maintaining or installing a sump pump in your home, there’s no one you can trust quite like BDB Waterproofing. Contact BDB Waterproofing at 402-779-3165 or use the contact form on our website.