Parts of the country have been devastated by flooding recently. In some cases, there is little you can do to overcome the deluge of water that comes from these historically strong storms. However, in seasons of unusually heavy rainfall, a sump pump can be your home’s best friend, especially if you live in an area that is prone to flooding. Sump pumps are designed to move water away from your home, preventing significant damage and costly repairs. Perhaps you already have one. Are you maintaining it properly so it’ll be ready when the waters start to rise?
Here are a few tips to ensure your sump pump is ready when needed:
- Make sure the unit is plugged into a working (GFCI) outlet and the power cord is in good shape.
- If your pump has a backup battery, replace the battery every two to three years.
- Test the pump by pouring water into the basin. If the pump is working properly, the float should trigger the pump to drain the water quickly.
- Remove debris from the pit to ensure the float is unobstructed.
- Remove debris from the discharge pipe, vent hole, and intake screen.
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