Testing your sump pump now can prevent basement flooding from spring rains.

sump pumpAs the temperatures begin to rise and the ground around your foundation begins to thaw, basement flooding becomes more of an issue than during the cold winter months.  However, spring brings showers as well as flowers and that can cause water to be a problem in your basement and crawlspaces.  Basement waterproofing systems such as sump pumps, exterior waterproofing products and interior basement flood prevention products are the best way to prevent damage to your home from basement flooding or water seepage.  Water in your basement can cost thousands of dollars in physical damage to your home, appliances and belongings; however, it can also create a health hazard for you and for your family from mold and mildew.

In order to prevent water in your basement from spring rain showers, you should make sure that your waterproofing methods are reading to keep your basement dry.  For example, test your sump pump before the rains come and you realize, too late, that your sump pump needed repairs or maintenance to handle the showers of spring.  Testing your sump pump is an easy, quick way to make sure that your basement will remain dry.  There are several things that can cause your sump pump to perform inadequately including float switch problems, electrical problems and clogs within the filtration system.  If you are uncomfortable testing your sump pump, you should call our office so that one of our skilled technicians can perform a test for you.  Otherwise, you can test your sump pump in a few easy steps:

  • Make sure the sump pump is plugged into a dedicated circuit.  Sometimes people may unplug their sump pump and forget to plug them back in.  If you feel there may be any electrical issues, you should contact an electrician to avoid the risk of harm to yourself or others.
  • The float switch and switch arm should move freely up and down.  If either is jammed or the float is in contact with the basin wall, the sump pump will fail to operate when water enters your basement.
  • Pour water into the sump basin to raise the float switch to its highest position.  The sump pump should turn on to pump the water out of the basin until the float switch lowers to the shut off position.

If everything works, your sump pump should be ready to keep your basement dry this spring.  If not, call our office for assistance.  Our technicians have years of experience installing and maintaining sump pumps as well as other basement waterproofing products.  We work hard to keep your basement dry and usable during the spring and throughout the entire year.

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