Sump pumps are the life vests for people who live in areas that receive a lot of areas. When a storm hits the area, sump pumps try to keep the water away from the basement and avoid any flooding by moving the water far from our homes. This act saves you from expensive repairs and foundational damage and therefore is a very smart investment. But if it stops working, in case of any heavy rain or storm, you may end up with a basement flood and a house that needs lots of repairs. So, ensuring the sump pump is functional is quite important. In this article, we’ll go over some of the maintenance tips.
First, make sure the pump is working. Every year, before fall, you should make sure the unit is working so you’re not faced with any surprises when you need it. Simply pour a bucket of water into the sump pump and see if the pump is activated when the level of water reaches a certain threshold. If it doesn’t activate or doesn’t get rid of the water, that means you may need sump pump repair and call a professional plumber as soon as possible.
You should know a set of certain information regarding the sump pump. These include the age of the unit (or an estimation if you don’t know the exact age because the older pumps tend to have more problems with their functionality) and any current issues the unit has. If you recently bought a sump pump, keep the instructions in a safe place and take pictures of them in case of an emergency.
Do this by first unplugging the device. Then, check inside the pump by using a flashlight. By using a garden hose, clean the pump from any dirt or debris. If there are parts that can’t be rinsed off with a garden hose, use a small scraper to get rid of the rest. When the pump is dry again, you can reattach it and turn it off again. Cleaning the pump is essential to ensure the flow is good once the storm hits.
Sometimes during storms, the power also goes off. In this case, your sump pump may stop working as well, which would be a double nightmare for the homeowner. In order to avoid this, install a battery backup system. This way, even when there’s a power outage, your pump will still work. After getting it installed, make sure to test it regularly.
If you notice something’s wrong when you are testing your sump pump and don’t know what to do, don’t worry. Professional plumbers of Americana Plumbing are ready to help you with various plumbing services, including sump pump repair. Our trusted plumbers have all the experience, tools, and dedication to solve whatever is wrong with your sump pump, and if you are thinking about installing a new one, they can help you with the installation as well. Call us today to schedule your appointment.