Many areas in our region have experienced record rainfalls this summer, which has homeowners concerned about unexpected basement flooding. Using a sump pump may be enough to keep your mind at ease, but it’s important to take the time to find out whether it’s in the best condition to perform efficiently if and when it’s needed.
Unfortunately, many homeowners assume that their sump pumps are in perfect working order, only to discover a basement flood that could have been avoided if their pumps had been maintained properly. Luckily, there are some things you can do to make sure your sump is ready to do its job.
Don’t just assume your pump working properly, especially during the times when you’re most at risk for flooding. Remember you need to give it a visual inspection at any point of the year when flooding is likely. This especially includes everything from a sudden warm winter day that causes significant snowmelt to a heavy Spring time downpour. Also give your sump pump a once over every few weeks, as checking regularly will help you find a potential problem early before you end up with a huge mess.
Pump Clean Up
Regular sump pump maintenance also involves giving it a good cleaning. You may not realize that your pump is clogged by built-up debris, like small rocks, dried leaves, or other runoff. Don’t just clean the pump filter. While you’re at it, be sure to check the entire pump and pit to make sure there’s nothing that’s preventing the pump from working correctly.
Replace Old Pumps
Most pumps last anywhere from 7-9 years, and while it’s a good idea to make the most out of your pump’s longevity, don’t risk a flood by relying on an old or damaged sump pump. Although maintaining your pump will help to extend your pump’s life, you need to recognize that any signs of failure could lead to an unfortunate and costly disaster.
Do you have any additional suggestions on how to maintain your sump pump? If so, please feel free to share your ideas in the comments below. If you are need any expert advice on maintaining your sump or cleaning your sump pump, feel free to contact Action Plumbing today.