How to Maintain your Sump Pump this Summer
Throughout the Midwest this summer we have been experiencing high temperatures with little rain. This has lead to drought and dry ground. With high-pressure systems, this leads to heavy storms that last for only short increments. Once a storm rolls around, the ground will often be too hard and dry to be saturated with rain. This can lead to flash flooding. This is where having a reliable sump pump is a must. Routine checks can ensure your basement and/or garage is kept safe and dry. Follow these sump pump maintenance tips to ensure you don’t have any surprise messes this summer.
Sump Pump Maintenance Tips
The average life of your sump pump is around 10-11 years. Since they are mechanical, this means they will eventually fail. Keeping a close eye on your pumps can only be beneficial.
During large amounts of rain or flash floods, your sump pump is working extra hard. If it breaks and stops working, your basement can fill up in just minutes. Flooding can lead to mold and cause thousands of dollars worth of damage.
Sump pumps should be checked a couple times a year. Each pump is different and should be checked depending on the brand. Most pumps can be checked by pouring water over pump cycles. This will let them run for a minute and help you know they are still working.
Floods not only cause water and mold damage, but can cause havoc on electrical like water heaters, furnaces and circuit breakers. Avoid thousands of dollars of damage just from sump pump maintenance.
Because of power loss or old age, sump pumps should always have a battery backup. Invest in an above average backup. Even though you may not use it, you can never be too careful when dealing with floods and your home. Spending a little more on a backup could save you thousands in the long run.
This summer make sure you preform regular maintenance on your sump pump. This can avoid long-term problems and large costs. It is also great to learn about your insurance plan and flood damage.
In case of flooding or mold problems, locate and call a local restoration company near you.