Avoid These 7 Common Mistakes With Your Sump Pump
Posted in Water Damage, on April 23, 2021 By admin
For homeowners who operate with a sump pump, there's often a concern about possible mechanical failures. In most cases, sump pumps are installed in a basement. This protects the home’s foundation from various groundwater calamities, such as water intrusion, ruptured water pipes, or even outside flooding.
A sump pump typically sits in the basement on standby. Its purpose is to wait for some type of water intrusion, at which time it goes into action. The pump mechanism is designed to sense water and to activate automatically. It then begins to pump any excess water out through a discharge line that drains outside.
Properly maintained sump pumps will prevent costly flooding incidents and will avert the need for emergency water damage repair. What's most important is to keep the mechanism in optimal operating condition so it can do its job.
1. Debris in the Pump
Do not let any debris get sucked up into the pump – this can easily ruin the motor. It’s also wise to make sure that the sump basin incorporates a filter fabric, which will stop debris from entering.
2. Float Switch Issues
This mechanical part “warns” the pump motor to stop operating when the water level goes below the float mechanism. The pump needs sufficient space around the float to be operating freely.
3. Testing the System
The pump system should be tested twice annually (spring and fall). This can be done by referring to the manufacturer's instructions or hiring a professional to ensure optimum operation.
4. No Backup Power
When a home loses power, the pump mechanism also loses power. The best way to keep the entire mechanism working is to connect to a backup generator or a battery backup system.
5. Broken Discharge
Drainage discharge pipes must always be in good repair and directed away from the house. The pipes should always be inspected for damage or clogging that may impede the flow of water.
6. Unplugged Pump
If the pump is unplugged for any reason, it can cause flooding. While this could be an innocent oversight, it’s a good rule never to unplug the pump or ensure it’s re-plugged after removal.
7. DIY Installation
To be sure, sump pumps should be installed professionally – it’s the best way to avoid the high cost of emergency water damage repair. This is work that should be done right the first time.
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