Testing Your Sump Pump Regularly Can Prevent a Big Mess
Sump pumps are absolutely crucial in some homes because they are used to stop water from entering your basement. For homes with finished basements, this can prevent significant losses due to flooding.
Sump pumps work hard to move water away from the home’s foundation, ensuring that your home remains free of water damage from built-up groundwater or an abundance of rainwater.
How Often Should A Sump Pump Be Tested?
Sump pumps require regular testing. How often varies depending on how often it runs and the amount of particulate that is found in your ground water. In most cases, sump pumps should be tested every three to four months. This should involve opening the inlet screen and cleaning it, as well as, inspecting for any worn electrical cords.
The pit in which the sump pump sits should also be inspected for size and depth, as well as for evidence that the pump is working well. And the discharge location should be inspected to make sure the system is draining properly.
Do You Need A Back Up System?
Unfortunately sump pumps are mechanical devices that will eventually fail. Most are also electrically powered and do us little good when our electricity goes out in the midst of a severe storm.
To address the somewhat inevitable event of the primary sump pump in your home failing, or not working due to a power outage, backup sump pump systems are available. They come in different configurations and varying degrees of capability.
What to do if your sump pump is not working.
If you find that your sump pump is not working properly, it is important to have it repaired or replaced quickly. Not knowing when Mother Nature will strike again, you want to make sure your sump pump is ready when it is needed.
Give Brenneco Plumbing a call at 765-448-6190 if you need help replacing your sump pump or want to look into installing a back-up sump pump system. We’ll be happy to discuss your options.