April showers bring May flowers… and for some a flooded basement. So how do you avoid the headache of coming home to inches of water in your lower level?
The easy answer is to install a sump pump AND a battery backup system for extra protection. However, if you already have a sump pump installed, testing your system is a crucial step to ensuring water stays where it belongs — outside of your home!
Top 3 Things That Can Cause A Sump Pump To Fail
- Clogged or frozen discharge lines
It’s very common for debris, such as leaves and twigs, to cause a clog. Make sure that you continuously clear the area outside of your house where the discharge line exits your home.
- Power failure
Sump pumps rely on electricity! Installing a battery backup system is a second line of defense should your power go out.
- Lack of maintenance
The easiest way to avoid a sump pump failure is by testing your system every 2-3 months, especially during rainy months.
Video: Simple Tips To Check Your Sump Pump
Heavy storms and prolonged periods of rain can cause your sump pumps to work overtime, so it’s important to perform maintenance to your system.