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Pump it Up: Is Your Kansas City Sump Pump up to Par?

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One of the most neglected spaces in any home is the basement. In many cases, this area will go unused, but doesn’t have to. With a bit of hard work, you’ll be able to use the space in your basement for things like a family room or man cave. One of the biggest issues in the KC area that you’ll face is basement flooding. In order to remove the water entering your basement, you’ll need to get a sump pump. Make sure to hire a professional who offers a warranty to ensure you get the right size for your home. If you already have one or are getting one put in, keeping this sump pump in good shape is easy when following these steps.

Testing the Sump Pump Regularly

The only way you can find out whether or not a sump pump will work when needed is by testing it on a regular basis; especially in the spring. To test the pump, you’ll need to pour a bucket of water into the sump pit. Once you’ve done this, turn the pump on to see if it removes the water you put into the pit. During this process, keep a close eye on the float and check valve. You want to make sure these parts are moving freely as the water is being pumped out.

Keeping the Sump Pit Clean

Over time, the sump pit that your pump is in will begin to get a bit dirty. Having things like gravel or sand in this pit can restrict the sump pump and make it hard to get rid of water in a hurry. When cleaning the sump pit, you’ll also need to take a look at the sump pump discharge line. If there are any obstructions, you will need to move them to ensure the water flows out of the basement as intended.

Backing Up the Sump Pump

Usually, the sump pump in your basement will get the most use during the Spring and bad weather situations. During  the stormy seasons, you may lose power due to high winds or other forces of nature. Getting a generator backup for your sump pump is the only way you’ll be able to keep it running during these weather disasters and keep the water out of your basement. While a generator is a bit of an investment, it will be worth it considering it can help to keep your basement dry.

Nothing Lasts Forever

Another important thing you have to remember is that eventually your sump pump will need to be replaced. By taking the time to inspect the sump pump on a regular basis, you’ll be able to identify problems early on and address them before it’s too late. Industry standards recommend getting your sump pump inspected and replaced after about 5-6 years. Replacing the sump pump before it runs out will ensure that your basement stays dry.

The more care you are able to show your sump pump, the easier it will be to keep it running efficiently. Neglecting to maintain a sump pump can lead to flooding issues and a lot of damage being done.

Actionable Steps:

  • Test your sump pump regularly
  • Clean the sump pit to avoid obstructions
  • Get a generator back up for the sump pump
  • Get your sump pump inspected by a professional after 5 years
  • Realize that eventually your sump pump will have to be replaced
  • Contact Bob Hamilton Plumbing to get help and guidance on repair issues with your sump pump

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