Regular maintenance on your sump pump will go a long way in avoiding flooding and other messes and damages. Even if your sump pump is rarely on, it still needs to be regularly maintained so it’s ready when you need it.
A flooded basement is more than a big mess. It can cause structural damage and cause mold to form. There can also be various types of bacteria and other debris that can cause health issues.
Test Your Pump
There are some simple tests you can perform to see if there are any problems with your sump pump.
First, check all the electrical connections to make sure there is no damage or loose connections. Wires can get bent, broken or even chewed on by an animal.
Check the exit pipe. Make sure there is nothing blocking or clogging the pipe. Also check that the pipes are directing the waste water well away from the home and your foundation.
Check the pump itself for any damages or anything that may cause it to be blocked or clogged.
Once that has all been checked, pour a generous amount of water directly into the sump pit. You will need enough to cover it and cause the float to raise up. This should engage the pump to start working.
There can be any number of problems with the sump pump. You should call an expert to check it out if your pump is experiencing any of these issues:
- Pump not turning on
- Pump making strange noises
- Pump won’t stay on
- Pump won’t shut off
- Pump starts and stops frequently
Any of these problems should be tended to by an expert if you can’t find a solution on your own.
Call an Expert
You want to make sure everything is in working order and maintained by someone who knows about sump pumps. They will know what the problems are and how to fix them.
With summer nearly here, you should have the pump checked out or replaced before it is needed. A quick check from a technician will let you know if it is in great working order, or if it needs repairs or replacement.
The cost of a test is certainly cheaper than the damage a flooded basement can cause. The sump pump is a vital part of your plumbing, even if it is rarely used, if at all.
It is still very important to keep yours in working order just in case you do need it. Our automatic sump pump systems will keep the groundwater away and reduce the risk of flooding your basement.
We have sump pump experts ready to help you with all your sump pump needs, plus check out our specials and discounts for you. We also offer a battery backup system, just in case.
Taking care of your sump pump before you need it will ensure your sump pump will be ready to take care of you when you do need it. Call us today to schedule a maintenance service before the next storm hits, and check out our home generator coupon to make sure you’re prepared for the next power outage: