Extend Your Sump Pumpâ€™s Longevity with an Effective Maintenance Plan
If your home has a basement, it more than likely also has a submersible sump pump located somewhere in the basement floor. Having a sump pump in the basement is an easy way to eliminate buildup of rainwater, or groundwater seeping up from below. Even homes that have a proper lining on the exterior basement walls can quickly develop a buildup of water from below. When the sump pump fails, you will most likely need the experience of competent Deerfield plumbers to remedy your situation. Serious Sump Pump Issues The older the sump pump gets, the greater potential it has of developing serious plumbing issues, often producing catastrophic results. During prolonged periods of rain where water saturation fills the area around the home, your existing sump pump has to work continually to drain away the excess water. From a small pit located somewhere in the foundation slab of your home, your sump pump, along with a check valve, a power supply and a float switch are all working together to eliminate excess water. An effective Maintenance Plan Before your sump pump develops serious problems, you should create an effective maintenance plan to keep it operating properly. The following suggestions will help manage the components of your sump pump for years. If you are a do-it-yourself homeowner, you can perform the maintenance plan on your own. Otherwise, it is essential to schedule an appointment with professional Deerfield plumbers to do the job for you. Your effective sump pump maintenance plan should focus on a routine inspection of all the following components to ensure they are operating properly, which include: The Pump â€“ As the sump pump ages, it can easily wear out due to extensive use. Additionally, if any of the other components are not functioning properly, they can put undue stress on the pump causing it damage, or breaking it altogether. Outflow Drain â€“ Quite often, as a sump pump ages, the drain line that leads from the pump to the outside becomes blocked. This usually happens from somewhere inside the pit, where the pump sucks up standing water, or on the exterior of the house, where the water is discharged from the pipe. The end of the pipe that is outside of the house must be insulated to keep it from freezing and becoming blocked, during the cold days of winter.
The Power Supply – The electricity supplied to the sump pump is a permanent connection from a breaker directly into the pump. Your sump pump works hardest during heavy storms, or when the snow begins to melt. Due to power outages, the pump may not be able to work at the most critical time, as the water builds up in the basement. Consider installing a battery backup to supply energy to your sump pump during inclement weather. The Check Valve – The valve located just outside of the pump works to prevent the backup of water from the outside. The check valve minimizes the noise when the pump is running and works against the natural reverse backflow created by gravity. The Float Switch – The float switch can easily jam causing the pump to overheat, burnout, or shut off. Annual routine inspections of the float switch will prevent the unit from overheating, and extend the life of the sump pump system. If you ever smell foul odors or a strong stench in the basement, it may be a result of a malfunctioning sump pump. If you detect there are problems with the pump, make an appointment with competent Deerfield plumbers who can repair or replace your water draining system.