5 Sump Pump Operating Tips

Sump Pump

Keep your sump pump operating at 100% efficiency with these handy tips

There was a lot of snow this winter season, especially on the US East Coast.  Eventually, with the arrival of spring, the melting snow and water must go somewhere.

A sump is defined as a depression in a basement or other below ground structure where water accumulates.  The “Sump Pump” is a mechanism that drains this water to keep the basement from flooding and water thriving microorganisms to a minimum.

Sump pumps are an integral part of maintaining air quality and minimizing water damage. If a sump pump is improperly installed or not operating correctly for some time, the results can be very damaging to your property. 

Below are  tips to make sure your sump pump system is operating correctly and is consistently effective throughout the year.

1) Keep Your Sump Pump’s Draining Outlet Clear

Sump pumps often have an outlet drain.  During freezing temperatures snow / ice will accumulate along these pipelines.  In the winter it is important to regularly check the outlet.  In the summer, debris can build up there so it’s important to check your sump pump drain outlet often.

2) Get a Backup Battery System

During torrential downpours and harsh winter weather, power can go out for many reasons.  When the power is out, water builds up in the sump of a property.  With a proper backup battery in place, the water will continue to be drained even during power outages.

3) Have Your Sump Pump Regularly Checked

You can keep your outlets cleared and keep the inlet screen that filters water into the sump pump clear.  However, there are many internal elements that keep the machine running properly.  To ensure your pump stays fully functional, we advise that you have a professional check your sump pump at least once every other year.

4) Make Sure Your Sump Pump is The Right Size

There are many varieties of sump pumps, varying in power and size.  Each of these pumps has limitations.  Make sure that when you purchase and/or install a sump pump system, that it is the proper size for the property it is being installed for.

5) Purchase a Quality Dehumidification System

Your sump pump will gather a good amount of run-off that occurs below your property.  However, some of this water does evaporate and end up in the air in your basement.  We are sure you have heard of people referring to basements as musty, damp, etc.  A lot of this has to do with evaporation and buildup of water in the air.  Water that builds up in the air as humidity eventually condenses on the walls, flooring, electronics, and anything else in the way.

Your sump pump only does one part of the job in your basement.  Invest in quality dehumidification system and you will control any damage that water entering and exiting your sump pump system can cause to the air quality or upholstery of a basement area.

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