If your home has a wet basement, you’re not alone. The Home Inspectors Association estimates that more than 60% of homes have issues with water in their basements.
Sump pumps are relatively low-maintenance devices, but you can help keep your unit operational by inspecting it regularly by following the steps below:
1. Check to see that the discharge line is not clogged or frozen.
2. Check the inlet screen on the bottom of the pump to make sure that it is not blocked by residue or debris.
3. Make sure the float mechanism is unobstructed and moves freely.
4. Keep the pit clear of mud, rocks, or other debris (Sometimes children will use the pit to “store” a toy).
5. Test the pump by slowly pouring a bucket of water into the pit. As the water rises, the float should also rise and turn on the pump.
6. Make sure that the pump is plugged into and outlet and that the breaker isn’t tripped.
7. Stand outside and make sure the water being discharged is flowing well away from your house.
8. If your pump has a battery backup, change the battery every two to three years.
If the unexpected happens, call Dragon Restoration immediately at (937) 428-2626.