A sump pump is a vital piece of equipment in a home that helps to keep it dry and protect it from water damage. Typically, sump pumps are installed in specially constructed sump pits in basements. When the water table around the home is high, the sump pump can help to keep the basement dry and prevent damage from plumbing or appliance leaks. As a homeowner, it is crucial to maintain your sump pump to ensure that it works correctly. Here are some tips to help you keep your sump pump in good working condition.
First, check the sump pump at least once a year to make sure it is functioning correctly. Check whether it is plugged in, if the power cord is in good shape, if the discharge hose is correctly connected, and if there is any debris in the area that could clog the pump and prevent it from working correctly.
To test if your sump pump is functioning correctly, pour water into the sump pit and see if the pump starts automatically and drains the water quickly.
Since sump pumps run on electricity, it is essential to consider installing a battery backup to ensure that your pump does not fail, even in the event of a power outage. During your test of the sump pump installation, unplug the pump to ensure that it will function correctly on battery power.
It is crucial to find the location where your pump discharges outside your home and make sure that the discharge does not occur near your foundation and the area is clear of debris. Do not discharge your sump pump into a septic tank or sewer system. If you need help locating where your sump pump discharges, contact a licensed professional.
If your sump pump is not working properly, promptly contact a licensed professional for assistance.
Refer to the owner’s manual to learn more about maintaining your sump pump. Check on your sump pump and pit regularly, especially if significant rainfall is forecast. Keep the sump pit clean and free of debris, and don’t forget to check and clean the inlet opening or screen. When cleaning the pump, remember to unplug it but plug it back in when you are done.
If water backs up from a sewer or drain within your home or if water discharges or overflows from your sump pump, water backup and sump pump discharge or overflow coverage can help cover the loss up to a specified dollar amount. However, flood or surface water backup coverage may not be included. Talk to your insurance agent to determine if this coverage is right for you.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your sump pump remains in good working condition and protects your home from water damage. Remember, if you need assistance with your sump pump, contact us and we would be happy to take a look!