Even for those of us used to Wisconsin weather, this year’s transition from winter to spring has unusually challenging. We’ve endured, earlier in the year, snow, ice, extreme cold, thunderstorms and heavy rain – all within a few weeks’ time. With the snow finally gone and copious amounts of rain falling these past few weeks, it is definitely time to get your home’s sump pump serviced.
Lee technicians will perform a thorough check of the unit, the battery and look for any cracks or leakage. If you have noticed any unusual noises or unpleasant smells coming from your sump pump, please let your technician know right away. Those are both possible warning signs that the unit is not working properly.
Sump pumps are designed to push excess water out and away from your home’s foundation. During heavy rains and storms, you will likely hear yours working and see the water being forced out at a designated drain location on your property. When operating correctly, sump pumps help protect your home and your assets from water damage. During severe weather, however, power can be interrupted. When your power goes out, so does your sump pump. If the sump pump does not have connection to electricity, it will of course not be able to reverse the flow of excess water that has breached your home’s foundation.
This can lead to water coming into your basement and damaging floors, furniture, toys, books and much more. There are ways to prevent a power outage from affecting your sump pump, however. Lee is a certified dealer of Generac back-up battery units. Generac offers residential generators for every need with prices ranging from $5,000-$10,000 including purchase and installation. Clients can select critical circuit generators or whole-house units. Critical circuit generators, which provide power to vital electrical units like your sump pump, furnace, refrigerators and garage door openers, cover 8-10 circuits.
At this time of year, it’s also particularly important to also inspect your basement for leaks once you have attached and used garden hoses for the first time. Bad connections can lead to water seepage or leaks. Catching leaks early can help keep any damage to your basement walls, floors and items to a minimum.
Contact the Lee team today to schedule your sump pump maintenance. We’re not afraid of heavy rain and bad weather – we’ll help make sure your house isn’t either!