How to Prevent Sump Pump Overflow in the Basement
We are now entering the time of year with the heaviest rainfall and many homeowners are concerned that their basements will flood. Installing a sump pump in your basement is a great way to prevent floods during heavy rains, but there are a number of ways the sump pump can fail and eventually overflow. The following are common problems that can cause sump pumps to overflow and the best solutions for solving these problems. Keep in mind that you should unplug the sump pump from its power source before attempting to correct any of these problems.
The following tips will help prevent sump pump overflow in your basement:
- Have a maintenance plan: To create a sump pump care plan, start by finding out what sump pump maintenance you’re doing already. This will help you create a schedule and prioritize the items that are important to your system. Once you have this information, think about what needs to be done to keep your sump pump running smoothly. Consider the age of your pump, its location, how it reacts in different conditions, etc.
- Debris in the Basin: Sometimes debris such as children’s toys and other household objects may fall into the basin and interrupt the float mechanism which can cause it to malfunction. The float mechanism can also fail naturally over time. To test this mechanism, fill up the basin with water to make sure the sump pump starts like it should.
- Check Valve: The check valve prevents water from going back into the sump pump in the event of a failure. Make sure to check this valve because it is not always installed properly; the arrow should be pointing away from the sump pump.
- Weep Hole: Sometimes sump pumps may have a weep hole between the pump and the check valve. You can clean the weep hole with a tiny object such as a toothpick, just be careful not to break anything off in the hole.
- Clean the Impeller: The impeller is a small filter that may become clogged and when this happens it can cause the sump pump to suddenly stop running or make a whining noise. Cleaning or replacing the impeller can get the sump pump to function properly again.
- Back-Up Power Source: Sump pumps are only useful when plugged into a power source and if the power goes out during a thunderstorm, the sump pump will stop working. Installing a backup power source for the sump pump is the best way to prevent this from happening in the middle of a thunderstorm when the sump pump is needed the most.
- Check the manual: Sump pumps need to be maintained in order to function properly. Check the owner’s manual on your pump to see what maintenance it can handle, and how long you should wait between services.
As the season of heavy rains arrives, make sure to check your sump pump for these potential problems so that you are prepared when it rains. If your home does experience some flooding due to heavy rainfall or a sump pump failure, make sure to call for professional water damage restoration immediately to help limit the damages.