With spring here, and summer right around the corner, you want to make sure that your home is ready to deal with the potential for flooding that may come with heavy summer rainfall. Along with keeping your eye on the local flood forecast, taking the time to check your sump pump is a smart move toward protecting your home from flooding.
What is a Sump Pump?
A sump pump is one of the most common devices for protecting homes against flooding. A sump pump is a self-activating pump that is installed in a home’s basement or crawlspace, and it is designed to activate when the water reaches a certain threshold.
The sump pump will be installed at the lowest part of the basement or crawlspace. At this lowest point, a small pit or basin will be opened in the basement floor. The water runs down into the pit, and when it fills to a certain level, a float switch will engage the pump. The pump will then remove the water via pipes or tubes, and release it in an appropriate location. Once the water goes down to a certain level, the float switch will then turn the pump off.
Having a functional sump pump is crucial to protecting the home against flood damage. Without a good sump pump, water could accumulate in the basement and your property could suffer extensive water damage. On top of that, if the water sits for a long duration, it could result in issues relating to mould.
The damage that can result from a flood can be very expensive to fix. This is why it is so important to call Royal Flush Plumbing to perform annual inspections and maintenance to ensure that your sump pump is operating correctly.
Sump Pump Maintenance
Once installed, a sump pump will require regular maintenance. Without proper maintenance, your sump pump could fail when you need it most. Once a year, you should check the inlet screen to make sure that it is clear from debris. The inlet can pull in things like dirt and other types of debris when the pump is in operation. Over time, this stuff can clog the inlet and render the pump inoperable.
If there is a flood watch or a flood warning, you may want to check your sump pump to make sure that it is plugged in and that the cord is in good shape. If heavy rain is expected in the coming days, you may also want to pour a little water in the pit just to make sure the pump turns on. If you have any problems getting the pump to turn on, a Royal Flush Plumbing expert will be able to inspect the pump and test its operation. They could also clean the pump and check the lines that expel the water from the pit.
You don’t want to take any chances with the potential for basement flooding this summer. It does not take a lot of time to test your sump pump, and a professional inspection from Royal Flush Plumbing is a small expense when compared to the cost of flood damage.