What to know about your sump pump
If you ask a group of homeowners about their worst home experience, it won’t take long before you hear a story about a failed sump pump. A torrential spring storm or summertime power failure, and the next thing you know, the basement carpeting and furniture is soaked and photo albums and other treasures are destroyed.
A good sump pump is your first line of defense against a basement flood – whether caused by a storm, power failure, or a plumbing issue. Even if your basement is unfinished, your furnace, water heater, washer, and dryer are at risk of shorting out. Water in the basement also damages the foundation and fosters mold and mildew.
Are sump pumps unreliable? What’s with that out-of-site thing in that hole in your basement? What do you need to know to ensure it performs when you need it?
Here are some answers and practical steps you can take to ensure your sump pump is ready to perform when you need it.
How sump pumps work
When water builds up around the foundation of your home, the pressure pushes it through the floor and walls. To relieve this pressure, drainage tiles were installed below your foundation to collect water. These tiles drain into your sump pump, operating inside a pit dug in the lowest part of your basement. The sump pump redirects water by pumping it away from the house.
The pump’s key regulating part is a switch that works like a toilet emptying its tank when flushed. The sump pump automatically “flushes” and empties the pit when it fills with water. It’s that simple.
Why sump pumps fail
Your sump pump may be the most heavily used mechanical item in your home. All mechanical devices fail over time and use. Sump pumps wear out, dry out, overheat, lose lubrication, or blow a circuit if on the same one as another major appliance. In extreme rainstorms, it may operate almost continuously – sometimes every 10 seconds.
In addition, since your sump pump is powered by electricity, if your home loses power, your sump pump is left powerless.
What you can do when your sump pump fails
No one can tell when your sump pump will fail. But, there are some things you can do to protect your home.
Be sure the sump pump is operating: Make sure your sump pump is operating. Listen to hear that it’s “flushing” periodically. Or, test it by pouring a bucket of water into the pit. If it doesn’t flush out, you need a replacement NOW!
Have backup ready: A battery backup can protect your home in the event of a power failure. It’s perfect for emergency outages.
Make sure the sump pump is the right size for your home: Check with an expert technician at Flader Plumbing to make sure you have the right-sized sump pump for your home.
How much horsepower is needed based upon the depth of your basement, size of the drain, and distance the water must be pumped? Our expert technicians can complete the computations and recommend the best solution for your home.
Maintenance: Like everything mechanical, proper maintenance is necessary.
An annual inspection by a Flader technician will ensure there is no debris that may interfere or block the operation of the float. Pet toys, dryer lint, or other loose articles can sometimes slip into the pit and clog the operating mechanism.
Keep the surroundings clear: Keep your gutters and drains clear and direct downspouts away from the foundation.
These practical actions will protect your home and relieve you of a catastrophe during the next storm. Be proactive.
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