When springtime brings the rain and snow melt, sump pumps really work hard. That’s why it is vital that you make sure your home’s sump pump is operating correctly. Any failure of operation during the great spring thaw can really mean problems. Because you count on them to remain operational, getting them checked on a regular schedule offers peace of mind that they’ll be there when needed.
Self-Maintenance of Sump Pumps
The first step you can take as a homeowner is to inspect your sump pump to make sure it is working well. A simple flashlight and visual inspection is all you need to make sure the pump motor is running smoothly. If there is any debris, it may be removed with a wet/dry vacuum. The motor can suck up something as small as a pebble and then stop working.
Another area to check is the exhaust system. If it is not connected to the storm drain, then the water will discharge into your yard. Make sure there is nothing in the way of the exit pipe since a block could stop the water flow completely. The water flow pipe should also be located at a safe distance from your home so that it doesn’t soak the ground around your home. If that happens, the drainage can flow right back to the sump. This issue may be remedied with a simple flexible pipe extension.
Sump Pump Power
If power outages during storms or winter conditions leave you without power, that means your pump will stop working too. Having a backup system in place will ensure that you are never left without this vital tool. Battery back-ups are a good line of defense, and some homeowners choose to install a secondary pump in case the main one becomes inoperable.
Get Help When Needed
Do-it-yourself types will be able to handle many sump pump issues on their own especially when it comes to clearing debris and ensuring the pump motor is working with water flowing where it needs to go. But new installations or repair will more than likely require the expertise of professional plumbers.
You definitely do not want to wait until you need a small canoe to navigate a basement flood. Preventative maintenance is a must, and when a problem is located, a quick call to Pride Plumbing of Rochester will ensure that your sump pumps are taking care of what they should.