Give your sump pump a checkup this winter
For most homeowners, the sump pump isn’t exactly a priority. But your sump pump plays an essential role in keeping your foundation and basement dry. It’s important to make sure it’s running properly all year round, or you may find yourself needing to hire a carpet cleaning professional for water damage restoration Keep reading for a handy checklist that’ll help you ensure your sump pump is ready for the melting snow and rains of early spring.
• Remove the sump pump extension hose
The extension hose helps divert water out of the sump pump basin and away from your foundation wall. While it’s essential during the spring and summer, leaving it on all year round can cause problems once the temperature dips below zero. Water left inside the extension hose over winter can freeze, which can lead to a cracked hose, sump pump failure and even a flooded basement.
• Clear away any debris
At the beginning of every season, open up the sump pump and clean out any debris that may have accumulated inside. Mud, rocks and other types of debris can easily clog the filter and lead to a malfunction.
• Clean the inlet screen
The inlet screen filters the water as it enters your sump pump pit and prevents large pieces of debris from clogging the system. When your inlet screen becomes blocked, water won’t be able to enter the pit and your sump pump could malfunction.
• Double check the float
Similar to the float in the back of your toilet, the sump pump float is an air-filled piece of plastic that switches the sump pump on to remove excess water. If the float is broken, you may find that your sump pump runs constantly—or simply doesn’t work at all.
• Schedule seasonal maintenance
Have your sump pump looked at by a professional at least once a year to ensure it will work when you need it.
When it comes to your sump pump, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. For more information on how to prevent winter flood damage in your basement, or for water damage and flood restoration services, visit Babayan’s today.
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