Sump Pump Tips to Avoid a Flooded Basement
What is a sump pump? It is a pump to remove any water that collects in your home’s sump basin. The sump basin is typically in your basement to collect any water that makes its way inside from heavy rains or extra ground water. If the pump fails for whatever reason, any water that collects in the sump basin can eventually overflow into the basement and cause water damage.
Six tips that every sump pump owner should know to avoid water damage to your basement.
- Confirm pump is working before a rainstorm. Pour a bucket of water into your sump pump to activate pump.
- Clean the interior of your sump out. Some pumps that are not used regularly are more prone to developing sediment. If the lid of your sump pump does not cover the basin some objects may end up in some pump and cause a clog.
- Install a battery backup system. Install a secondary pump that is battery operated. This is important in the instance of a power outage. The battery backup pump is going to runoff the battery when the primary pump does not have electricity also in the situation where your primary pump is not keeping up with the extra inflow of water.
- Knowing the type of sump pump equipment. If your sump pump breaks or malfunction you know your model and serial number to quickly purchase any parts to fix your pump.
- How your sump pump operates. Knowing the workings of the system and how it operates will help you troubleshoot and determine any malfunctions allowing you to save money. Also, knowing how it operates will prevent you from being taken advantage of by professionals.
- Alarm system – Installing an alarm will let you know when your sump pump has stopped working.
It is important to either install a battery back-up or an alarm to your sump pump to prevent basement flooding. It will save you money in the long run.
If you experience a basement flooding from your sump pump, call the professional team at SERVPRO of West Akron 330-867-5723.