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!
QUESTIONS? Stop in and let us answer your sump pump questions or help you select the best pump for your application.
Do you know what to do if you’ve got a water emergency in your home? From an overflowing toilet to pipes bursting throughout the house, water emergencies happen and can create costly damage. Before you find yourself in an emergency situation acquaint yourself with all the different ways that you can shut the water off in your home. Make sure that everyone in your family knows what to do in case of a water emergency BEFORE it happens.
THE OVERFLOWING TOILET
Look under the toilet or next to it on the wall for a control valve. Turn clockwise to shut the water off.
Look under the sink or inside a cabinet for a similar valve; turn clockwise to shut off the water.
LEAKING WATER HEATER
There is a cold water valve going into the water heater; turn clockwise to shut off.
FOR A BIGGER PROBLEM...
If you're not sure where the water is coming from or none of these options stops the flow of water you need to look for the main shut off valve in the house. This will shut off all of the water in your home. The shut off valve can usually be found near the perimeter of the home most likely in the basement or utility area. It’s in your home’s best interest to find the shut off valve before you need it. Turn this valve clockwise to shut off all water in the house. You may need to use a wrench to turn the valve off.
AS A LAST RESORT
Another option beyond the home is to locate the main shut off valve outside. This is found underneath that circular or square iron lid in your yard. Remove the lid and locate the valve inside. Turn the valve clockwise to shut off the main water supply into your home.
HAVE A PLAN
In the same way that you have a safety plan in case of fire or threatening weather, have a water emergency plan. Make sure everyone knows what to do and how to shut the water off. It is helpful to mark or tag the shut off valves in some way so that everyone can find them. Questions about your plan or concerns about leaks? Call or stop in and our plumbing experts will help you solve your problem.
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