More Rain in the Forecast? Better Check That Sump Pump!
Make Sure Your Sump Pump Is Working Properly Before the Next Storm Hits…
March has certainly come in like a lion this year with yet another Nor’easter in the forecast next week. Heavy rain, snow and slush will mean your home’s sump pump will be working overtime to keep your basement dry. Are you sure that it’s up to the challenge?
All sump pumps rely on a float switch. Snow melt and heavy rains will raise the water level in the sump pump basin, which causes the float to rise and trigger the pump. The pump motor turns on and pumps water away from your home to keep your basement dry.
So be sure you’re ready for every spring shower (or downpour) mother nature has to offer. No matter the type of pump you have – pedestal, submersible, water powered or battery back-up – there are a few simple steps you can take to make sure your system is in working order before disaster strikes.
Following These Simple Steps to Prepare Your Sump Pump For Efficient Operation:
- Find your sump pump in the basement or mechanical room and make sure that the pump is plugged into a working electrical outlet.
- Remove the cover to the basin and check for debris, such as leaves or mud, and clear if necessary.
- Check to make sure the float is able to move freely and is not stuck to the side of the basin or caught on anything.
- Slowly add a bucket of water to the basin until the float rises and your sump pump successfully switches on.
- If your system has a battery operated back-up pump, test the batteries to make sure it’s working and replace them if necessary. You will want to check the float switch on this as well (as indicated above). In the event of a power failure, a battery back-up can provide 4-6 hours of running time.
Put your mind at ease – you can count on Bi-County Inc. to keep your family warm and comfortable. If you run into any problems with your sump pump system, our experts will address the problem and get your sump pump back up and running in no time! Click to contact us or call 215-822-0515 to schedule an appointment and fix those sump pump issues before a disaster happens.