Basics For Your Sump Pump

If you have a basement, then you have a sump pump. It’s one of the most essential devices for preventing flooding in your home. A sump pump is one of the most important devices you can use to avoid flooding in your home. During the spring thaw or after heavy rains, it is essential that your sump pump works properly.

Why are they so important?

Sump pumps are complicated mechanical devices that are critical for flood prevention in your home or business. They ensure the drainage of excess water from your basement, and as such, it is vital that your sump pump is regularly maintained for best performance.

When performing well, a sump pump diverts groundwater from your home by pumping it outside the house. It’s beneficial during periods of high water and heavy rains when the basement or crawlspace can flood.

How Do I Know If My Sump Pump Breaks?

Sump pumps are durable, but they need help staying clean and efficient over time. If you can’t manage to clean it yourself, it can lead to breakage. Our maintenance program complements and works with all sump pumps installed by any other technician. They’re designed to last, but they need a little help every so often!

So, on the occasion that your pump breaks… How do you know?   If you have a working system but aren’t sure whether it’s still working, dump water into the basin, turn the system on and check for a hum. If you don’t hear anything, contact your local plumbing company. On the other hand, when the basin is empty, the pump should shut down. If it doesn’t, you’re probably out of luck. The system should automatically turn off after clearing the water, so it doesn’t wear out.

Sump Maintenance Tips

Here are a few tips from Conyers Plumbing to keep your system in working condition.

  • Clean your pump’s inlet screen regularly. Over time, the screen will get clogged with leaves, twigs, and other debris.
  • Before putting the inlet screen back in your system, check the pump for signs of corrosion.
  • Toto, keep your sump pump running smoothly, check the drainpipes, clear the grate, and remove the pump from its pit once a year to review these areas for any issues.
  • Don’t try to caulk your PVC pipes—use the correct primer and cement instead.

Backup Plan

Make sure you have a backup plan for when your old pump fails. Often, this can be done by unscrewing the rubber coupling on the check valve. But make sure you understand what needs to be done to replace the pump instantly.

If you want some expert installation, contact us at Conyers Plumbing. We would be happy to ensure that your basement never has a flooding issue. And, when an emergency occurs, we can quickly solve all your problems with our professional plumbers.