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Can Your Sump Pump Handle Melting Snow & Rain?

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Posted on: February 3, 2016

Winter Storm Jonas or “Snowzilla” dumped record breaking snow amounts in our region, and over a week later, things are finally returning back to normal!  The recent temperatures, which are well above freezing, and the rain today will surely make the remainder of the snow (and massive snow banks) melt—no complaints here!  The combination between rain and melting snow will most definitely put your sump pumps to work, but is your system ready?

If you’re able to test your sump pump to make sure it’s working in full force, use these tips:

  1. Locate the outside pipe that catches the water as it drains from the pump. Make sure the inside of the pipe doesn’t have any dirt or debris clogging the drain.  This is especially important after snow storms.
  2. Fill a 5-gallon bucket or a large cooking pot with water. Slowly pour the water into the sump pit and watch the water level within the pit.
  3. The float on the sump should rise and the pump will kick on well before the water reaches the top of the pit. As the pit empties, the system should turn off.
  4. If the float doesn’t rise or the pump doesn’t turn on/off automatically, the pump should be further inspected.

This may seem like common sense, but make sure the pump is plugged into a working outlet.

It’s always a good idea to have a second line of defense when it comes to your sump pump—this means installing a backup system.  Not sure what backup system is best for your home?  No problem!  Our technicians can come out to your home, evaluate whether a battery or water-powered backup would work best, and install it right there on the spot!

At Len The Plumber, you can call us or schedule an appointment online at any time, day or night, and a customer service representative will be there to answer your call!  Our expert technicians can help with any sump pump job whether it’s a repair, replacement or you’re looking to install a backup system.  We’re here for you 7 Days a Week, and there’s never an extra charge for evening or weekend service!

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