Your home’s sump pump is used to direct groundwater away from your home and remove large amounts of water to other areas, such as storm drains. As such, you want to ensure that they’re in good shape so that your basement won’t flood. In this post, sump pump and mold remediation specialist, Action Restoration shares four sump pump mistakes to avoid.
1. DIY Installation. It goes without saying that if you’ve never installed a sump pump before, don’t bother to try doing it yourself. You may lack the tools and training to properly install it and this runs the risk of paying a lot more for repairs in the future compared to having it installed by a professional plumber from the beginning.
2. No Backup Power. If you experiences water damage during a storm, there’s a good chance that your home could lose electricity and cause your sump pump to shut down. In case your basement gets flooded, your sump pump should be running to divert any water buildup. As such, you’ll need to have a backup power source such as a generator or a battery backup to keep it running.
3. Not Testing Your Sump Pump. Just like any other plumbing or electrical component of your home, you need to test your sump pump at least twice a year – before spring and fall – to ensure that it’s functioning correctly. To test them, slowly pour water into the sump pit to activate the pump switch. It’s possible that there’s something wrong if it empties slower than normal. You can check the discharge pipe or the pump if there is anything blocking it.
4. Letting Debris Into the Pump. If your sump pump is set near silt or gravel, there’s a good chance that your pump can suck the debris in and destroy the motor. To prevent this from occurring, we recommend placing it on a stable, flat surface. It also helps to have a filter fabric to prevent debris from coming in.
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