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Is Your Sump Pump Ready for Spring?

With spring here, you’ll want to make sure your home will be ready to take on the April showers. If you own a sump pump, that’s a great start. However, you’ll want to ensure it’s in working order, as the majority of basement flooding is caused by faulty sump pumps. The first thing you want to do is make sure the gutters and leader drain are clean. However, there are other issues that you can avoid through proper sump pump maintenance in Levittown.

 

Here are five other issues to watch out for involving sump pump maintenance in Levittown:

 

Blocked sump pump switch

Never sweep any basement floor dirt or debris into the sump pit switch, and make sure nothing is blocking the sump pump switch from floating freely. Failure to keep the switch clean can prevent the sump pump from working properly

 

Tripped circuit breaker

Sump pumps can use a lot of electricity, so you should give the sump pump its own dedicated circuit. If there are any other electronics on the same circuit, it might be too much for it and the sump pump’s activation may trip the circuit.

 

Mechanical failure

There are plenty of issues that might cause your sump pump to fail including an undersized discharge pipe and a missing check valve. Whatever the cause, you should contact a professional to help you fix the problem.

 

Clogged strainer

Sump pumps have a strainer at the bottom that the water flows through. If debris is clogging it, water won’t be able to flow through it properly and flooding could occur. Check the drainer every once in a while and clear out any blockages that may be forming.

 

Frozen discharge pipe

If the discharge pipe is frozen or otherwise blocked, water won’t be able to drain out of it. This will cause water to back up and the sump pump will run constantly but ineffectively.

 

If properly maintained, a sump pump can last around 10 years. If you’re not sure of your sump pump’s age, consider buying a replacement and keep a backup on hand in case it fails. Another way to protect your basement from flooding is to buy a two-pump system. It’ll assure there’s a spare pump in case one fails and has an alarm to alert homeowners in case of a failure.

 

What makes McHale’s a high-quality home service company?

For over 60 years, McHale’s has been providing professional home service to homeowners around Levittown, PA. Our time helping people has taught us that remodeling is a process, not a product. Anyone can sell you materials, but it takes a true professional to provide a tearless remodeling product. When you have us help you, you can be sure that you’ll get that tearless remodeling product you’re looking for. Make the right choice today and call McHale’s for any of your home service needs!


 
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