Taking Care of Your Sump Pump to Avoid Plumbing Emergencies
A flooded basement is every homeowner’s nightmare. If it hasn’t happened to you, you probably know one or two people who haven’t been so lucky. And you can imagine what an unpleasant and also costly experience this might be. The damages could amount to thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars. Often this type of disaster can easily be avoided by simply having your sump pump and pit cleaned and tested on a yearly basis.
Early spring is the best time to have someone look at your sump pump. Heavy rainfall occurring during this season could spell disaster for a badly performing device.
Knowing the Potential Problems
There are a number of things that can go wrong with your sump pump:
• Blockages caused by a build-up of debris in the sump pump pit
• Clogging in the pump or discharge lines
• A bad connection with the drainage system
• Mechanical switch problems caused by shifts in the pump’s position
• A pump that doesn’t stop running due to a mechanical problem
• A pump that stops working due to mechanical failure and lack of maintenance
Some people have the know-how to do a thorough inspection of their sump pump. But those less familiar with their device should be diligent about having it checked by a professional every spring.
Things All Homeowners Can Do
While you might not know how to do a full inspection of your sump pump, most people are able to carry out the needed light cleaning and maintenance every three or four months to keep their sump pump in optimum shape.
For starters, you can check for cracks or broken parts. If you find anything, you should call a plumbing professional to come take a look and provide the replacement parts when necessary.
Another important thing is to check and clean the discharge line. The discharge line is responsible for transporting the water up and out of the basement. You should go to the spot outside your house where it empties and get rid of any debris that has accumulated around or inside the opening.
Lastly, it’s a good idea to perform a basic test by filling a bucket of water and pouring it into your sump pump pit. Look for the device to turn on right away and quickly pump out the water. If this isn’t occurring you will want to call in a professional.
When To Call in a Plumber
To deal with problems you encountered in your routine inspection, turn to the professionals at Randall Plumbing. Our highly skilled team provides first-rate plumbing service to the Winnipeg area.
We also offer yearly full inspections of your sump pump that can potentially spare you devastating water damage. It’s never too late to call us! We provide 24-hour emergency plumbing to the people of Winnipeg.