Do your have a wet basement? You are not alone. In fact, statistics reveal that more than 60% of homeowners complain of having water in the basement. Maybe they have poorly draining soils or their homes are located where water tables are high. Whatever the reason may be, you’ll need to have a sump pump installed to prevent water from accumulating in the basement.
Once installed, consider the following maintenance tips to ensure its proper functioning and long life.
Test your sump pump
Most of the time, they sit for months without use and homeowners realize that the sump pump isn’t working properly until it’s too late. That said, it is important to check your sump on a regular basis.
To ensure that the sump pump turns on and removes water, add water to the pit with a hose or bucket or turn on the manual switch. It should turn on, remove water from the pit and shut down in a matter of seconds.
Ensure water is diverted properly
To ensure that water won’t flood your home, the sump pump should discharge water at least 20 feet away from your home. Go outside to check if the water is discharging where it is supposed to.
Create backup power source
Sump pumps run on electricity, and it is common to lose power during a storm. To ensure that the sump pump will not fail, even in the event of power outage, we advise that you install a battery backup. Don’t forget to test the pump once the battery is installed, but be sure to disconnect it from the power source before testing.
Call in the pros
If the sump pump is not emptying the pit fast enough, consider calling in a professional to evaluate and fix the problem. It is also a good idea to hire a professional at least once a year to inspect and check the motor and electronics.