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What You Should Know About Your Sump Pump

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With the warmer weather here, it is time for homeowners to make sure that their sump pump is working correctly. The sump pump ensures that no water gets into the basement. This helps to protect the home from water damage that may cause problems to the foundation of the house as well as cause mold and mildew issues.

Tips for Maintaining the Sump Pump

There are several things that you can do to help keep their sump pump in working order. Here are a few ideas that they should follow to keep this part of the plumbing system working.

  • Add a cover. Having a cover over the sump pump will keep debris out of the pump. It will also keep any smells out of the air in the basement.
  • Inspecting for debris. Checking to see if there is any debris in or around the sump pump is essential. Check the sump pump intakes thoroughly to ensure that there is no debris blocking the area.
  • Inlet screen. The inlet screen can sometimes be prevented by residue and debris build up. This will make the sump pump not work as efficiently.
  • Check discharge pipes. Discharge pipes can become faulty, and this can lead to backups and the sump pump not working correctly.
  • Ensure the float switch is working properly. You’ll want to make sure that the float switch is observed and during that observation, it is working correctly.
  • Listen to the pump. During a maintenance inspection, hearing the pump work efficiently is key. If it is making any noise that it shouldn’t, it should be inspected and repaired by a professional.

If you notice anything amiss with your sump pump, you should get it repaired by someone that is well experienced in plumbing. Contact the experts at Tri-City today, we can help with all your plumbing needs!