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Mold Restoration, Water Restoration Published October 24, 2019

Sump Pump Failure

Basement floods can be a nightmare for anyone.  A failed sump pump is one of the top reasons for those floods. A sump pump is a pump used to remove water that has accumulated in a water-collecting sump basin, commonly found in the basement of homes. Here are some easy maintenance tips for you to keep the sump pump in top working conditions.

  • Backup Power – A powerful storm can take out your power which can lead to a sump pump failure. Make sure you have backup power connected to it, this could be a generator or battery backup system. Check backups every 6 months.
  • Test your Sump Pump – Test your sump pump twice a year, to do this pour a bucket of water in it and make sure it goes down. This ensures there are no clogs or backups in the sump pump. The pump should also kick on.
  • Plugged In – You might think this is common sense but sometimes things accidentally get unplugged. Making sure the sump pump and battery backup are plugged in is easy to do and only takes a few minutes. Make it a point to check it every time you’re in the basement.
  • Covering the Sump Pump – We frequently us the basement for storage and that means the things might get stacked up on your sump pump. This can result in damage to the sump pump and accessibility. Clean up around the sump pump and make sure nothing is covering it.
  • Debris in the Sump Pump – See that your sump basin has filter fabric arund it to stop debris from coming in, filter fabric can be found at home improvement stores and can even be ordered online. Click this link for 4 easy steps to install filter fabric: https://homeguides.sfgate.com/fasten-filter-cloth-sump-pit-60106.html

These sump pump maintenance tips are easy enough for anyone to handle and can help keep your sump pump in tip-top condition. You can also schedule a thorough inspection with a septic tank maintenance  professional or plumber twice a year. For professional water damage repair or mold removal, contact your local PuroClean Emergency Services office.