A sump pump is a very important household system that can prevent thousands of dollars in flood damage as well as health-related problems. It’s usually found in a dark corner of the basement, in a hole called the sump pit. It pumps out water that collects in the pit, often as a result of flooding.
Annual checkup. It is very important to inspect your sump pump for wear and tear every twelve months. Early spring is a good time to have this checkup done because that’s when the winter thaw begins. At this time the ground becomes more saturated, and it rains more often. Because of the weather, your sump pump is usually working extra hard from March through May.
An inspection is even more critical if you have experienced a drought recently. Your sump pump would not be acclimated to working regularly, so problems are more likely to occur with the excess rain that occurs during spring.
Back it up.You should also make sure professionals check the back-up sump pump in addition to the primary one. If the power goes out (which often happens during flooding rainstorms) or there is a failure in the main pump, the back-up sump pump kicks in and can save you thousands of dollars in water damage. If you do not have a back-up pump, you should seriously consider investing in one.
Contact a Home Improvement Services® home plumbing professional today for a sump pump inspection or to learn more about back-up sump pumps.