Sump Pump Installation and Maintenance

Sump Pump Installation and Maintenance

Just like everything else in life, a sump pump needs to be maintained properly if it is to work efficiently, if at all. In Fresno, sump pump installation and maintenance are just as important as in other areas of the country where the water table may be higher. At the end of the day, a flooded basement is still a flooded basement no matter where it occurs.

Installing your own sump pump is possible, but is not a good idea for the beginning DIYer. If you don’t know what you are doing, you may cause more problems than you solve. Sometimes money you save by installing your own sump pump may be turned around into significant outlay for professional intervention in the long run when something goes bad.

That said, the average home owner should and must provide needed maintenance for a sump pump that has already been installed. While Roto-Rooter can provide the necessary repairs and maintenance, a small amount of effort on your part can save you a great deal of cost and concern down the road.

Every few months, or after every major rainstorm, a sump pump should be inspected to make sure it is fully functional. Take these four steps every time:

  1. Make sure the unit is plugged in. It seems obvious, but if a child or pet has been playing in the basement they could easily have unplugged the sump pump without knowing. In addition, the sump should be plugged into a GFCI outlet to maintain a proper ground.
  2. Every month or so, pour a bucket of water into the well, making sure that the pump switches on automatically as it should. If it does not, then there is something wrong. It could be a number of things, from the power supply to the float valve; but whatever it is, you should immediately have the unit serviced.
  3. As much as is possible, follow the outlet pipes (PVC pipes) to ensure that there is no leakage. The pipes should fit together tightly and should exit the building, dumping water at least twenty feet or more away from the foundation in order to ensure that the water doesn’t circulate back into the basement and eventually overwhelm the system.
  4. Make sure the vent hole in the discharge pipe is clear. If the hole is blocked, the whole system can be compromised.

One more thing you should do is to have a back-up plan should the pump fail. Many home owners have more than one pump, one of which relies on water pressure instead of electricity to run, in case of a prolonged power outage. The downside to these pumps is that they use about the same volume of municipal water in order to pump out the flood water; therefore, you won’t actually see any savings by using the back-up pump. Still, it’s cheaper than a basement full of water.

Most agree that sump pump installation in Fresno is necessary but few follow all of the above guidelines in order to properly maintain the pump once it has been installed. Taking the time to check the pump every few months can be a potential life-saver; it only takes one heavy rainfall with the pump unplugged to make you wish you had. And don’t forget that you can call Roto-Rooter to help you maintain your sump and help you deal with any emergencies.

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