Spring Adjustments: Checking Your Sump Pump
In the Spring months of Dallas you can expect a lot of rainfall to occur. One key adjustment to make during this time is to check the condition of your sump pump. Sump pumps are key in avoiding basement or low area flooding and it is important to make sure your sump pump is working as it should.
When upcoming rainfall is on the forecast, be sure to check on your sump pump to see if it still is operating normally before the rain comes. A simple test of pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit can let you know if it is still working. The pump should then start up automatically and get to work. This is when you know you have a working sump pump.
Be sure to clean it
An overworked or dirty sump pump will not work as efficiently as a clean one. Check the sump pump’s filter screen and clean off any mud, leaves, pebbles, or any other debris that can get caught up in the filter. Clogged filters can lead to premature shutoff or even standing water. If the filter needs a cleaning, it might be a good idea to clean out the entire pump and the pit. This will require an unplugging of the entire machine and bringing it outside to clean.
Flush out the entire sump pump by disconnecting it from the system and use a hose to clear out any debris. It is important to clean out the sump pump while the machine is disconnected. The pit might collect debris over time and it is best to clean it out. After cleaning out the system, put it all back together and test it one more time by pouring water into the pit to affirm the system is still working.
Replace system often
If maintained properly, an average sump pump will last you around seven years. If your model uses a back-up battery, also check the life span of the back-up battery and replace when it is appropriate. You want to make these changes before any failure happens as this could result in a damaging flood that could cost you thousands.
If you have any sort of problems with your sump pump or you want a replacement, call Rodger’s Plumbing and we will take care of all your plumbing needs and ensure the safety of your home. Whether it is replacement, repairs or installation, Rodger’s Plumbing guarantees the best quality service.