Keep Your Sump Pump Ready for Action
As you maintain your home, it’s easy to overlook the importance of the lowly sump pump. Sitting just below the surface, the sump pump helps protect against flooding and moisture in the home.
When groundwater seeps into the home, its damage can be far reaching, affecting mechanicals and structural integrity, not to mention contributing to the growth of mold and fungus. A well-maintained, properly operating sump pump helps avoids those risks.
Safe Electricity offers these tips to keep your sump pump at the ready:
Make sure to keep the pump clean and free of debris. Check it at least once a year and more often if the pump runs frequently.
Check the float to ensure it is not tangled or jammed in one position. A sump pump with a jammed float is useless because it will not sense when it should turn on and shut off.
Test the pump by pouring water into the pit to make sure it activates and pumps out the water. Seek professional assistance if the pump does not activate.
When testing the pump, do not ever reach into the pit. The float can be reached and moved with a household item such as a golf club (with a rubber handle), or other non-conductive tool.
It’s recommended the sump pump have dedicated ground fault interrupter protection, an alarm that signals water build-up, and a back-up power source or battery in the event of a power outage, as that can be a time when the sump pump is needed most.
If water does get into the basement due to a power outage, use caution before entering. Never enter a space that is flooded, as this presents a risk of electrocution. Electrical equipment can energize standing water unless all of the electricity has been disconnected.
For more information on electrical safety, visit SafeElectricity.org.