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Prevent Storm Damage With a Sump Pump

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

This helpful diagram explains how a sump pump works.

A sump pump can be an effective method for preventing basement flooding and subsequent storm damage. Whether it is rain or snow melt, a sump pump can give you protection all year long.

Typically, sump pumps are installed in a pit in the basement floor to sense when water levels begin to approach floor level. The potentially damaging water is then pumped outside before it can affect anything inside. Sump pumps are fairly low-maintenance devices, but a regular inspection of yours will keep it in good working order.

Follow this simple steps for your regular maintenance:

  • Check the discharge line is not stopped, frozen or clogged.
  • Check the inlet screen is free of residue and debris. Remove any visible debris, mud or stones from the pit.
  • Be certain the float component is unobstructed and moving smoothly.
  • Test the pump by slowly pouring water into the pit. The float should rise and trigger the pump to start working. It the pump doesn’t kick on, confirm the unit is plugged in. Then check to confirm float switch and valve are working properly.
  • Check at the discharge site outside the house to be certain the water is flowing.
  • If your unit has battery backup, consult the owner’s manual for instructions on checking and replacing the battery.

In the event of sump pump failure, SERVPRO of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights SE is available 24/7 to dry, clean and sanitize your basement and any affected personal items.

About SERVPRO of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights SE
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