You can protect your property against flood damage in the summer by having a working sump pump. This important device pumps water away from your home to keep it dry. Just like other machines, it will need some maintenance. Here’s why summer sump pump maintenance is important and how you should go about it this summer:
Why Should You Maintain Your Sump Pump in the Summer?
When the Texas heavy summer rains and big thunderstorms hit, you may get excess water in the lower levels of your home. Your sump pump will be working hard to control the water. If it breaks down and stops working, water can accumulate in your basement to the point where it causes extensive damage. Flood insurance usually doesn’t cover flooding caused by sump pump failure.
A working sump pump can save you a lot of money. Proper maintenance keeps your pump in prime condition so it can help your house make it through the storms safely. Without maintenance, it could easily fail.
Sump Pump Maintenance Tips
Use the tips to maintain your sump pump in the summer months when there’s a high potential for flooding:
- Check the pump basin for debris after a large storm. Take out any branches, leaves, and other debris, then add excessive gravel to make the sump pump continue to operate.
- Test your sump pump by filling its basin with water. If nothing happens or it starts backing up, contact a plumber.
- Smell around your sump pump. If there’s a strong smell, water may not be properly cycling through. Flush out the basin with water. The odor will be eliminated as the water cycles through.
- Inspect the check valve. If it’s pointing towards the pump, there could be a problem.
- Keep your pump’s impeller and weep hole clean and clear of any obstructions.
Make sure you perform regular sump pump maintenance this summer to avoid expensive, long-term problems. To learn more about maintaining your pump, contact us at Beyer Boys. We’ve been providing quality HVAC and plumbing services in the San Antonio area since 1990.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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