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Water Damage - A Devastation Indeed!

Why You Must Check Your Sump Pump.

Posted by Bonnie Bornstein Fertel on Sun, Sep 16, 2018 @ 09:12 AM

As the ice in your yard melts, have you checked your sump pump?When is the last time you checked your sump pump?

#HurricaneFlorence is stalled through the Carolinas and has, to date, dumped more than 40" of water. Imagine the devastation and those homeowners that have yet to return to their residences only to find disaster, destruction and despair.

While New Jersey has not been hit by a storm of this magnitude, weather changes are obvious. Out of sight, out of mind...an expression we use often. This week it has become popular vernacular. 

Those of us with sump pumps often don't pay any mind to that appliance sitting in a hole in the floor of your home. That sump pump that is sitting quietly in the corner of our basement only becomes a concern when it's raining or we're experiencing melting of tremendous amounts of snow.

When is the last time you checked your sump pump?
We wrote an article about pumps in 2009. This weekend we are focusing on sump pumps and backup sump pumps. We feel that it's worth reading or re-reading if you've seen it before.

Here are a few test you should perform on your sump pump now:

  • Assuming you have a cover on your sump pump pit (which is always a great idea), remove the cover.
  • Be sure the sump pump pit is not loaded with debris, lost socks or missing toys, a common occurrence.
  • Locate the electrical power switch and turn off the power to the pump. 
  • Pour a few gallons of water into the sump pump pit to be sure the pump is operating properly. 
    • Pour several more gallons of water into the pit.
  • Turn on the power switch.
  • Observe the discharge line for your sump pump, making sure it's not blocked
  • Turn the switch on and off several times to test
If these steps fail, it would be wise to Contact a professional plumber.
If you have a sump pump  now is the time to consider a backup pump system
If you do have a backup pump system, be sure you check it twice annually to ensure it will be ready when you need it.

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Topics: Sump Pumps


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