Sump Pump Maintenance
Water damage can be an incredibly devastating occurrence for a homeowner. Unfortunately, many homeowners don't realize that flooding can be caused by a variety of events, some of which are rarely discussed. Sure, most people know that a leak can be caused by a faulty pipe, a broken sink or a malfunctioning washing machine. But unless you're living in an area prone to heavy rains, it's very likely you've been neglecting a crucial piece of equipment in your home; the sump pump.
What is a Sump Pump?
A sump pump is an under-appreciated pump that brings tremendous value to your home during heavy rains. This pump is typically situated in the basement or crawlspace of your home, and draws water away from your home as the basement or crawlspace starts to flood.
Typically, the sump pump works automatically - it's activated by rising water levels. If everything functions properly, the water never makes it inside your home, and you avoid heavy damage. To ensure the proper function, be sure to maintain your sump pump.
Why is maintenance so important?
It is absolutely vital to keep your sump pump in perfect working condition. In many ways, it's like an insurance policy; you don't really think about it until you really, really need it. And if it isn't properly maintained the sump pump may fail, and the effects can be devastating.
If you have a leaky faucet or water pipe, you can stop the problem by using the water shut-off valve to your house. But when it rains heavily, and there's water accumulating in your basement, there's no shut-off valve for the rain -a properly functioning sump pump is your only way to prevent serious damage.