A sump pump is often an overlooked element in your basement. However, it is a crucial aspect of your home’s plumbing system. This pump is responsible for moving groundwater away from your home to storm drains. If you experience issues with your pump becoming damaged, it can lead to damaging problems within the foundation of your home and basement. Here are our top mistakes to avoid when using a sump pump.
Your Sump Pump Is Constantly Dirty
Debris, such as leaves, gravel, and dirt, poses a serious issue to the health of your pump. If your pump rests on gravel, there is a significant chance of accumulating dirt on the ground that could, in turn, damage your sump pump. To reduce this, you should place your sump pump on a flat surface with a stable footing. Fabric filters are also recommended to prevent debris from entering your sump pump.
You Don’t Test Your Sump Pump
You should test your pump during installation to ensure it is working correctly. Waiting until flooding happens to use it can be an issue as you could find that your pump isn’t working when it is time to use it. It is relatively easy to test your sump pump. Slowly pour water into the pit until your flow switch gets activated. If the pump automatically shuts off after the water decreases, your pump is functioning correctly. Remember that a broken pump will still turn on or may not even turn on.
No Source Of Backup Power
For the most part, these pumps are wired and connected directly to the electrical system in your home. If your power goes out and you don’t have a backup power source, such as a generator, your pump won’t operate.
You Try To Do It Yourself
Making home improvements by yourself can be challenging, depending on your expertise level. However, when it comes to specific jobs and projects, you should leave them to the professionals at All Aspects Waterproofing. Installing a sump pump requires particular tools and should only be completed by someone certified.
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