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Simple Sump Pump Maintenance

With hurricane season officially starting and the weather as wacky as it’s already been, it is very important to make sure that your sump pump is in good working order. Sump pumps defend your home from flooding by pumping water out of your basement whenever it begins to collect. The water is pumped out of and away from the house to keep the basement dry. Here are some basic tips to keep your sump pump in good health:

Make Sure It’s Working!

Testing your sump pump to make sure it’s in good working order is quick and easy. How do you know if your sump pump is working? All you have to do is slowly pour a good amount of water into the pit. If it comes on automatically, pumps the water out and turns off by itself, you’re good to go! If nothing happens, it won’t stop running or it’s making a grinding or rattling sound, it’s time to get it looked at.

Clean the Filter

The sump pumps filter can get clogged with mud and small debris like pebbles or rocks. Should you clean your sump pump? A clogged filter can keep the pump from running efficiently and could ultimately burn out the motor – resulting in a failure that could lead to flooding.

They Don’t Last Forever

Unfortunately, your sump pump will need to be replaced one day. So how long do sump pumps last? About 10 years. This can vary, however, depending on the amount of use the sump pump gets. Just like a car, if it’s running for long amounts of time or very frequently, this has the potential to shorten the lifespan.

Back It Up

If you lose power often, or if you are in an area that is prone to flooding (or at the bottom of a hill), you should consider getting a battery back up if you don’t have one already. Sump pump battery backups can save your basement in times of power outages, so you won’t have to worry about your basement flooding during a bad storm if the power goes out.

Common Problems

Does your… sump pump running continuously or keep turning on? Stink? Keep failing?

If you’re having issues with your sump pump, it is always smart to get it checked out ASAP. Even if it seems like the problem isn’t too serious, if it keeps your sump pump from running when you need it to, you can have a much different (and much more expensive) problem on your hand. Give us a call if you’re not certain about the status of your sump pump or if you believe it needs to be replaced/repaired.

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