In addition to green grass, spring showers bring a greater potential for flooded basements – a destructive and expensive occurrence.
Invest a little time BEFORE the rain to make sure that your sump pump is ready for spring. Or if it’s time to replace the sump pump, don’t put it off until it’s too late. Invest in a reliable Zoeller pump and avoid mopping up water later.
Here are some tips for making sure that your sump pump is ready to handle those April showers from our friends at Zoeller Pump:
1. Make sure the sump pump is plugged in and the GFCI Breaker is ready for operation.
2. Inspect pit for any debris that might be in the pit or debris that could obstruct the on and off float.
3. Inspect and clean the 3/16” weep hole in the discharge pipe to prevent a possible airlock situation.
4. Add water to the pit to verify that the pump is turning on and off properly. With automatic preset switches, if water exceeds the top of the switch before turning on, or if the pump does not shut off, refer back to step two. If the pump uses an adjustable float switch the pump should turn on the set “on” level. A small stream of water should spray out of the 3/16” weep pole that helps prevent airlock, and you should hear the check valve open and close during pump operation.
5. If your sump system is equipped with a battery backup:
6. If your sump system is equipped with a water-powered back up:
7. Check the high water alarm (if installed) by raising the alarm float switch or be touching the sensors with water. If an alarm is not installed, one is recommended to alert of a high water condition or sump pump failure.
8. Verify that the piping is secure and free of any leaks during pump operation.
9. If a cover or vent was disconnected to gain access to the sump pump, reinstall and secure.
10. Verify that the discharge pipe is not blocked by observing water being discharged during pump cycle. Also, verify that water discharged on grade is an acceptable distance from the building.
If your sump pump system is not equipped with a battery or water powered back up system, strong consideration should be made to add one for extra protection in the event of an electrical outage or primary pump failure. You'll be glad you did!
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