Importance of Sump Pumps
If you have a sump pump, most the time you don't realize how important it is until it stops working. Your sump pump is out of sight, out of mind and will almost always have negative consequences. Power outages, failure and a older sump pump that cannot handle the capacity are all common problems that can occur as well.
Avoid potential problems by doing routine inspections or replacing your old sump pump. Usually sump pumps should be replaced every 5 years or according to manufacturers guidelines. Each year the sump, switch and float should be inspected as well. Pay attention to how often the sump pump is running and if it runs regularly or there is a higher water table, consider a sump pump with higher horsepower.
Another way to increase the pump's efficiency and prolong life is to clean your sump pit, remove any dirt, sand, gravel and other debris routinely. Ensure that the discharge line opening is free of obstructions so that water can be pumped through the line and out of your basement or crawlspace and also be aware in the winter the discharge line may freeze bringing the water back into your house.
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