It is now officially spring – are you ready for the rain? In preparation for potential storms, please make sure your sump pump is ready by considering the following things:
The main sump pump
- Make sure that any sump pump is pumping the water at least 6’ away from the house so it won’t run back into the drain tile system.
- A typical check valve will make a thump when it shuts off – this is normal. But there are also check valves available with a quiet flapper, if that’s your preference.
- Check the pit for debris or anything that could damage the pump or deter it from working properly. Make sure the float is free of obstruction.
- The typical lifespan of a sump pump is 5 – 10 years, so preventative replacement is something to consider.
The backup sump pump
- There are several types of battery backup sump pumps. The ones from the “big box” retailers typically don’t pump as much water per hour as the heavier duty type that we install.
- A good battery backup sump pump system can typically keep your basement dry for at least 6 hours.
- There are several types of batteries. If you don’t have maintenance free or gel battery already, you will need to check the battery condition.
- We sell systems that will alert you via email if the water level in the pit gets too high. These systems give you advanced warning that there is an issue.
We hope this information will be helpful to you, as you brush off your umbrellas and rain boots.