A well-maintained sump pump is designed to combat one of your worst nightmares: flooding. Given the current upsurge in powerful rainstorms, you’re likely relying on it more than ever. In this month's blog post, our plumbing specialists delve into the advantages of sump pump upkeep, along with actionable measures to guarantee peak performance.
Proactively maintaining your sump pump offers several advantages.
1. Preventing costly repairs.
Water damage can result in exorbitant repair costs. By conducting routine maintenance, you can identify and address any potential issues before they escalate into significant and expensive problems.
2. Extending the lifespan of your sump pump.
Similar to your HVAC system, sump pumps require care and attention to maintain their efficiency and longevity. Regular upkeep helps the pump run smoothly and prevents unexpected breakdowns that might necessitate a costly replacement.
3. Protecting your home's foundation.
Excessive moisture around your home's foundation can result in structural issues, such as cracks and settling. A well-maintained sump pump helps regulate the water level around the foundation, reducing the risk of costly foundation repairs down the line.
4. Mitigating mold and mildew growth.
A neglected sump pump may allow stagnant water to accumulate in the pit, creating an ideal environment for mold and mildew to flourish. Routine maintenance reduces the chances of mold and mildew growth, which can be harmful to your family's health.
5. Maintaining home insurance coverage.
By adhering to a service schedule, you ensure your home remains adequately protected by your insurance coverage in case of unforeseen water-related incidents.
A sump pump is your home's primary defense against water-related issues. Keep it in excellent working condition by following this task list.
Perform a visual inspection. Regularly check the sump pump and its components for any visible signs of damage, rust, or wear. Look for cracks in the pump housing, debris in the pit, and ensure that the float switch moves freely.
Test your pump’s functionality. Test the sump pump by pouring water into the sump pit. The pump should activate and pump out the water. If the pump doesn't start or doesn't pump out the water effectively, it might need further attention.
Keep your sump pit clean and free of debris. Sediment, gravel, or other materials can clog the pump or interfere with the float switch. Regular cleaning prevents such issues.
Check the discharge pipe. Ensure that the discharge pipe leading away from the pump is free of obstructions. It should direct water away from the foundation of your home to prevent flooding.
Examine the check valve. The check valve on the discharge pipe prevents water from flowing back into the sump pit once it's pumped out. Make sure it's working properly, as a faulty check valve can cause the pump to work more than necessary.
Inspect the power source. Check the power cord and ensure it's in good condition. If your sump pump has a battery backup, test the battery periodically to ensure it's holding a charge.
Schedule an annual inspection: During a professional inspection, your specialist will perform a thorough examination of your unit and address any potential issues.
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Our home comfort team is dedicated to providing excellent HVAC services year round. Don't hesitate to contact us to schedule maintenance, service or repair on your sump pump or plumbing system. As your local HVAC experts, we’re here to help you!
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