Springtime precipitation levels in North Carolina make this the best time to ensure that your sump pump is in good functioning condition. Although your sump pump is out of sight, you should not forget about it.
A sump pump protects your home and basement from water damage by sucking out groundwater. If the pump is functioning properly, it will collect groundwater in a pit located beneath the basement floor. A float activates the pump when the pit begins to fill, then pumps the water to a city storm sewer or the nearest drainage ditch.
Here are some methods for determining whether or not your pump is prepared for the spring rains.
Testing and maintaining your sump pump:
- Check the pit for debris and remove it to verify that nothing will impede the float.
- Test the functionality of your pump by dumping a few buckets of water into the pit. Ensure that the pump goes on, drains the majority of water from the pit, and then shuts itself off. If it does not turn on, you should contact Love Well & Water Works LLC immediately to have it repaired or replaced.
- If you have a battery backup system and the battery is older than three years, you should remove and test it.
We also recommend verifying that water flows to the street when the sump pump is functioning. If not, the downspout may be clogged, in which case you will need a professional to examine and clear it.
If you need a new system or want to learn more about a battery backup system for your present pump, The Love Well & Water Works LLC will assist you. Our expert experts can guarantee that your sump pump continues to function in the case of a power loss in order to prevent flooding.