What Every Homeowner Should Know About Sump Pump Maintenance
April showers bring May flowers. But those spring storms can also flood your basement if you aren’t prepared. When you least suspect it that trusty sump pump can give out. Next thing you know you walk down the basement steps to see pools of water rising. How can you make sure this doesn’t happen to you?
1) Regularly check to make sure your sump pump is in good working order. Test it by pouring a bucket of water into the pit and making sure the sump pump starts.
2) Clean the sump pump pit. Things may have gotten in the water pit of your sump pump that could cause it to clog. I remember checking a neighbor’s sump pump for issues and finding a big frog living in it. Scrape and scoop out any debris that you find.
3) Battery back up. The power could go out without notice. If that happens during a storm, your sump pump won’nt have the power it needs to do it’s job. A simple way to remedy this is to supply an emergency battery back up power source.
4) Replace your sump pump. Most sump pumps are designed to last about 10 years, but that’s an average. Your sump pump may last 6 years or sixteen. If you can’t remember the last time you have gotten a new sump pump, it is probably long overdue for a new one.
5) Have a Waterproofing company’s number handy. Don’t wait until your sump pump goes out to find someone to repair or replace it. Find someone who is experienced in waterproofing with a proven reputation for quality and service.
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