There When You Need It: 5 Tips For Your Sump Pump
Homeowners in areas like ours (Elkhart/Jimtown/Osceola), are no strangers to sump pumps. These machines are useful in areas that tend to get a lot of rainfall, or are close to a floodplain, or have high water tables.
Sump pumps send water away from a house to a storm drain or drywell, which prevents basements and lower parts of the house from flooding.
Sump pumps will turn on more often in some areas, while in other areas, they may not turn on at all. Be proactive— Check that your sump pump is operating properly.
We recommend these 5 tips to ensure that your sump pump is ready to perform when you need it to:
#1 Test your sump pump regularly.
Pour a bucket or two of water into the sump pit. In response, the pump should 1) turn on, 2) remove water from the pit and 3) shut itself off in a matter of seconds.
Also, you’ll want to make sure the float and the check valve move freely.
#2 Give it a good once over.
Clean your sump pit. Remove any dirt, sand, gravel and other debris. Doing so will increase the pump’s efficiency, as well as prolong its lifespan.
Be sure the discharge line opening is free of any obstructions so that water can be pumped through the line and out of your basement or crawlspace.
#3 Back it up.
If your home experiences frequent or lengthy power outages or in case your primary sump pump fails, it is always good to have a battery backup.
There are a several models available. Our team at Central Hardware can walk you through the various backup options that fit your need and price point.
#4 Realize that nothing lasts forever.
Like any equipment with moving parts, sump pumps will wear out as time goes on.
At some point, this will need to be replaced. There is no general rule about how often a sump pump should be replaced. Rather, this depends on how often the pump operates (which is why checking your periodically is crucial).
Most quality sump pumps come with a warranty lasting one, three, or five years. Our store not only carries excellent brands, but our team is also backed by years of experience and expertise to guide you through the very simple replacement installation process.
#5 Replacement parts might just be the way to go.
If your pump is in decent shape but still requires some repair, we also carry replacement parts, including float switches, float guides, float balls and float rods.
If our team can be of service, don’t hesitate to stop in the store or give us a call. We love helping our community!