It may be called the lazy days of summer, but with massive summer downpours dropping inches of rain in hours, your sump pump is working in overdrive this summer.
Here’s what you can do to make sure it is doing its job even while you are on summer break!
What is a sump pump and what does it do?
A sump pump is a self-activating electrical pump which means its triggered automatically by water. The sump pump is usually in a crawlspace or unfinished basement area where it can expel water through a series of pipes that lead to the exterior of your home.
The sump pump is activated by a float that gauges the amount of water level in the sump trench. When it’s doing its job, sump pumps are quietly protecting your home from accumulating water that can cause major interior damage to your home, as well as mold, mildew and fungus growth.
Six easy steps to make sure your sump pump is ready for summer storms.
Before you escape on that summer vacation get-away, take a few moments to make sure your sump pump is ready to do some heavy lifting at home.
What do I do if my sump pump fails?
When that summer storm hits and the soggy ground can’t absorb the downpour, make sure to take a quick check of your basement. A dry basement means your sump pump is keeping you protected. But if you find water in your basement it might mean your sump pump has failed.
When your sump pump fails it’s time to call in the expert. An All Clear Plumbing professional can quickly diagnose your sump pump problem and get it back online. In addition, All Clear Plumbing can help you with preventative sump pump maintenance too.
One way to get a bit of sump pump peace of mind is to install a backup sump pump system. Because water can be one of the most damaging and expensive repairs to your home, a sump pump backup system either battery or water-powered, is a good investment. A backup battery-powered system has a large battery that will kick on when the power kicks off. This is great peace of mind especially if you rely on a well for your water. A water-powered back up system is powered by your home’s water supply. Your All Clear Plumbing expert will suggest the best backup sump pump system for your home.
Enjoy your summer vacation and make sure your sump pump is soggy weather ready!