Sump Pump maintenance is extremely important for a homeowner. A sump pump prevents flooding, and it removes any excess water from a storm. Many people tend to forget about maintaining their sump pump because it is located usually in the basement away from everything so many people don’t think it is a priority. Well, they are completely wrong. Without proper maintenance and awareness, flooding from your sump pump can be the ultimate disaster. It can completely damage your woodwork, walls, floors etc. If a flood does happen, then you will spend thousands of dollars to repair the damage. By doing proper maintenance on your sump pump you can avoid this disaster.
Sometimes your sump pump may need to be replaced. According to research, there are a few things you can do to know when it is probably time for a replacement. These are the steps:
- You can test your pump- You can slowly pour a bucket of water into your sump pump to see if it is functioning properly. If you have someone with you helping, as your dumping the water the other person can stand outside to make sure that the water is flowing naturally through the outlet piping.
- Listen for any strange noises that may be coming from it. Usually when your sump pump is collecting water it makes a certain noise that is normal. If you start hearing something significantly different, then you probably have an issue that needs to be looked at.
- If water is beginning to reach the top of your sump pump or flooding has begun, then you need to immediately replace or repair your sump pump IMMEDIATELY!
- A normal sump pump usually lasts about 10 years or so. Sometimes it may last a little longer or even shorter but it is always a good idea to make yourself aware of it. It’s important every few months to check on it, make sure it’s functioning properly, and if it’s not call a professional right away.
Having a functioning sump pump is vital to avoid disastrous flooding in your home. Cleaning your sump pump throughout the year can do wonders for your home! You can avoid these problems and your sump pump will last longer. If for any case there is a problem, call PAC right away and we will send a professional technician to fix the problem! This is something you are going to want to fix ASAP!.