It is important to keep a close eye on the sump pump in your Hamilton, Ontario, home. This hefty piece of machinery is essential in keeping your house free from mold and water damage. With that being said, when's the last time you took a gander at your sump pump? Be sure it's draining properly, or your basement be left with the aftermath when the next big thunderstorm rumbles through. Not sure what causes sump pump failure? That's OK, Roto-Rooter is here to help.
Here are three factors that will affect your sump pump:
Frozen or clogged pipelines
Those chilly Hamilton winters are definitely unfavorable to your overall pipelines - specifically to the discharge line connected to the sump pump. If water is unable to leave your home via the discharge line, the entire system will back up and simply stop working. That's why it's crucial to protect the discharge pipe from freezing temperatures and debris like ice, snow, rocks, dirt, sticks, leaves, etc. If water isn't able to seamlessly flow out of its exit point, a significant amount of water will build up. This will eventually cause overflow and result in major flooding in your basement.
If you tried to take matters into your own hands and installed the sump pump without consulting a professional, there is a high chance you might have taken a wrong turn. In order for your pump to be fully functional, it must be installed properly. If you forgot one tiny detail, like drilling the small air-relief hole in the discharge line, you will eventually end up with severe water damage. This hole exists to relieve pressure, but if it's left off your checklist, the system can over pressurize, burst and then flood. This is just one example of an installation gone wrong. To prevent it in the future, contact your local Roto-Rooter professional.
Now that spring is upon us, it's important to be prepared for all the power outages in the event that an intense thunderstorm rolls through. After all, a power outage is the most common cause for sump-pump failure. Gear up and have a backup generator on hand, but be sure it's one that can be manually activated. For your reference, sump pumps are relatively vulnerable to damage caused by a power outage. In order to protect your machine (and overall electrical system) from power failure, talk to a Roto-Rooter expert about installing a special device to help protect your pump from future surges.
For more information on how to better care for your sump pump, contact your Hamilton Roto-Rooter professional today.