Has Your Sump Pump Taken Any Lumps?

Spring melt is upon us. Water levels everywhere are rising. Spring rains will likely soon appear, creating even more drainage challenges for homeowners.

If you haven't checked your sump pump in a long while, now is the time to do so.

Why? A flooded basement is zero fun. Your sump pump might be all that stands between a dry lower level and a devastating, costly mess.

You probably take this mechanism for granted. Most sump pumps work flawlessly. Yet, the stunning consequences of a failure make checking this basement safeguard a smart late-winter move.

First, is it plugged in? This might seem like a no-brainer, until the cord is discovered dangling after disaster strikes.

Second, does it work? Pull up the float arm to see if the motor starts. Or, pour a bucket (or more) of water in the pit until the unit responds.

Head outside. A sump pump drainage line should empty at least 20 feet from the house. Is the line open at the end? Is it frozen? If a new line is needed, or other service due, the time to call is now.

Sump pumps might be the most unglamorous of a home’s mechanicals. Keep in mind, though, that glamour doesn’t keep a basement dry. Smart maintenance does.


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