A sump pump helps keep areas of your home that are located below ground level dry. A malfunctioning sump pump can result in moisture buildup, damaging property, and causing mold and mildew growth. To avoid such costly consequences, you want to make sure your sump pump is functioning properly—especially with summer storm season around the corner. Here's how to make sure you're ready for wet weather.
How to Prepare a Sump Pump for Summer
1. Check the Power Source
A sump pump runs on electricity. Make sure the sump pump is plugged in and that the outlet it uses is functional. If the outlet isn't working, check your circuit breaker to make sure you haven't blown a fuse. An electrician can fix a blown fuse or other electrical issues that may be impeding your sump pump's power.
2. Confirm the Pump Turns On Automatically
A sump pump is triggered by water. When water accumulates and reaches a certain level inside the pump, a pressure sensor or float activator turns the pump on automatically.
To check this function, plug the pump in and fill it with water. It should turn on without any action on your part. If it doesn't, consult a professional to determine what the issue is.
3. Clean the Pump
A clean sump pump will be more efficient. Before cleaning, unplug the pump and remove it from the sump basin. Use a small stiff-bristle brush or sponge to remove sediment, dirt, and sludge. While cleaning, check for signs of rust, which could impede function.
Also, when you confirm that the pump turns on, listen for grinding or other metallic sounds that could indicate corrosion. In case of issues, contact a professional. It may be time for a new sump pump.
For help getting your sump pump ready for summer, trust John Lockwood Plumbing of Ontario, NY. These professionals have been serving Ontario, Wayne, and Monroe counties since 1973, providing prompt and trustworthy service. They employ licensed professionals and use quality brand products, ensuring excellent results. For your peace of mind, they are also licensed, bonded, and insured. Visit their website for a list of their services. To request an estimate, call (585) 265-0736.