A flooded basement is one of the last things a homeowner wants. Keeping your gutters clean and connected is one of the simplest, yet most effective ways to keep water out of your basement. Sometimes, however, that simply isn’t enough. Whether it’s due to the age of your home, the angle of your yard, or excessive rainfall, you may need a little extra assistance.
This is where a sump pump can be a lifesaver.
Of course, a sump pump is only good if it’s working properly. As providers of emergency water damage repair in Springfield, Ohio, we’ve seen a number of homes that have become flooded due to sump pump failure. If that’s you, and you’re in need of water damage repair, contact us today to get your home back in order.
For those looking to avoid a flooded basement, here are some of the most common causes of sump pump failure and what you can do to prevent them.
Pump is Too Small/Overworked
There are a variety of sump pumps available on the market. For most homes, a 1/3 horsepower pump is enough. For homes that suffer from more water flow, poor drainage, and/or excessive rains, however, that might not be enough. If you notice some water still trickling into your basement despite your sump pump working, you may need a bigger sump pump.
Alternatively, you can install a second pump.
Big storms have a tendency to knock out power. If that happens to you, your sump pump is going to stop working at the worst time possible. There is a solution to this, though. All you need is a backup generator ready and waiting by your sump pump. If the power goes out, simply start up the generator and plug your pump in.
Like any piece of equipment, a sump pump needs to be inspected from time to time. This ensures that it works properly, that it’s free from debris, and that it drains as it should. A sump pump should be checked at least once a year. Additionally, you should regularly check and make sure that drain lines aren’t blocked.