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My sump pump fails to work during big rains. If I

My sump pump fails to work during big rains. If I jiggle the float switch then it pumps. Do I just need to replace the switch on my Zoeller sump pump? I don't know how old the sump pump is. Also, how do I found out what model it is?

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If you dont know how old it is and think it is really old replace floods are never fun

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