A flooded basement is an all too familiar scene for many homeowners. This nightmare can cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in water damage. Fortunately, there are ways to deal with this threat. For instance, a sump pump keeps low-lying areas of your home protected from flooding. This is especially important if you live in areas prone to flooding and quickly melting snow. The sump pump itself is not enough, though. You have got to make sure it is working. Here at Neighborhood Plumbing, we recommend homeowners test their sump pump at least once every season. Don’t know how to test your sump pump? This article will go over the simple steps. We will also offer some tips to keep your basement dry.
What Is a Sump Pump?
If you have just moved into your property or are interested in a sump pump and are doing your research on it, then let’s start with introducing the sump pump. A sump pump is a device installed within a sump pit, or basin, that removes water which has accumulated in that basin. Sump pumps are often found in the basement of homes.
When water enters your basement, it is guided into the sump pit. Once the water level in the sump pit reaches a certain level, the pump is activated and sends that water a safe distance away from your property.
There are two common types of sump pumps. There is the submersible pump and there is the pedestal pump. The difference is small. The submersible options rests inside of the water while the pedestal pump is held outside. Submersible sump pumps are more sophisticated and quieter than the loud but more affordable pedestal pump.
Making Sure Your Sump Pump Is Working
You do not want to find out that your sump pump is not working only after the flooding has happened. So, test your sump pump regularly to make sure it is ready to take on any unexpected flooding.
Before you can test the sump pump, you must make sure nothing is in the way. Clear out any dirt or debris that can be clogging the exterior pipe that catches the water draining from the sump pump. Then, make sure that the sump pump is connected to its power source.
Once everything is set, you are ready to test the device. Fill a bucket with about five gallons of water and slowly pour the water into the sump pit. You should notice the float rise and trigger the pump before the water spills over the sump pit. If the water overflows, then you have got a problem.
There is no guarantee that you will have power when the sump pump is needed. In fact, storms are often accompanied by a power outage. Fortunately, you can invest in a backup sump pump which is battery powered. The folks at Neighborhood Plumbing are happy to take your call and schedule an appointment for a backup sump pump installation.