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What is a Sump Pump?

Updated: Mar 17, 2023

A sump pump is a small, submersible pump that is installed in the lowest point of a basement or crawlspace. Its purpose is to remove excess water that has accumulated in the sump pit, which helps to keep the area dry and free of mold and mildew. While sump pumps are designed to be durable and long-lasting, they do require regular maintenance in order to function properly. Depending on the location and size of the sump pit, it is generally recommended that sump pumps be checked at least once a year. Larger sump pits may need to be checked more often, while smaller pits may only need occasional checkups. During a sump pump maintenance check-up, a sump pump professional will examine the unit for any signs of wear or damage. The impeller and float switch will also be checked to ensure that they are working properly. Any debris that has accumulated in the sump pit will also be removed. By having your sump pump checked on a regular basis, you can help to ensure that it will continue to work properly for years to come.

Why should you have your sump pumped checked?

A sump pump is a vital component of any homes in vulnerability to flooding. It is installed with the main purpose to remove any water that has accumulated there, preventing serious water damage to the property. Sump pumps are very reliable, but they do require some maintenance in order to function properly. One of the most important things to do is to have the sump pump checked regularly. This will ensure that it is still in good working condition and that there are no blockages preventing it from doing its job.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that sump pumps require a power source in order to operate. This means that if there is a power outage, your sump pump will not be able to do its job. It is important to have a backup power source for your sump pump in case of an emergency. One option is to have a generator on hand that can be used to power the pump. Another option is to have a battery backup system that will kick in if the power goes out. Whichever option you choose, make sure that you are familiar with how to use it and that it is properly maintained. When should you have your sump pump checked?

Most homeowners don't give their sump pump a second thought - until it fails. Then, they're left with a mess of water in their basement. To avoid this scenario, it's important to have your sump pump checked on a regular basis. The best time to do this is in the spring, before the rainy season begins. This will give you a chance to make sure that the sump pump is in good working order and that there are no clogs or other issues that could cause it to fail. If you wait until the sump pump fails, you may be facing a much bigger mess - and a bigger bill - to clean it up. So don't wait - have your sump pump checked ahead of the wintery wet weather that we face in New England.

If your sump pump does fail, don't panic. The first thing you should do is turn off the power to the pump. Then, you can begin the process of cleaning up the water. Start by mopping up as much water as possible. If there is a lot of water, you may need to use a wet/dry vacuum to remove it. Once you have removed as much water as possible, you can begin drying out the area. Use fans and dehumidifiers to help speed up the process. Once the area is dry, you can assess the damage and decide whether you need to call in a sump pump professional to repair or replace your sump pump.

Have questions on the current condition of your sump pump or think you might need one installed? No worries, we are here to help. We take waterproofing homes in New England seriously and we always provide free estimates for your convenience. Reach out today and we will happy to assist!

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