Is Your Sump Pump Ready for the Spring?

If you have walked outside recently, you know that mother nature is warming up for a possible early spring. These warmer temperatures will mean sunshine, beautiful flowers and, more importantly for homeowners, spring rains. If your home’s sump pump system is not ready, those rains could lead to potential flooding and costly damages inside your home.

Sump pumps are vital for the maintenance and longevity of your home. Sump pumps drain excess water that accumulates in a basin commonly found in the basement or crawlspace of your home.  A good working sump pump helps you to avoid costly damages by removing the excess water that is caused by both melting snow, in the winter, and rain, throughout the year.

As we prepare for spring, now is the time to inspect your sump pump systems as a whole.  Here are three easy steps:

  • Pour water into your pump’s pit and make sure the float rises and the sump begins to pump.
  • Clean out your inlet screen on your sump pump.
  • Look over your pump’s power cord, checking for damage or possible cracks.

It is also important to think about the possibility of power outages during bad weather and rain storms. If your primary sump pump fails, due to a power outage, a battery-operated, backup pump can be a lifesaver.  Many battery-powered sump pump systems are as powerful as your main system and can run for up to 10 hours. Those 10 hours can save you from costly repairs and replacements costs.

Battery-operated sump pumps are also important during other instances. If your primary pump loses power when a circuit breaker is tripped, for example, your battery-operated pump will keep your home from experiencing water damage. Several battery-operated sump pumps also include an alarm system that will alert you when your main pump has stopped working. This alert can save a homeowner from serious damage and expenses that would have occurred if they hadn’t noticed their main pump ceased to function.

The experts at Lee Service can help you decided on the perfect sump pump system for your home. Contact us today, before the spring rains have a chance to cause damage to your home.