Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 by Kelsey Bullerdick
Many homeowners around the Tri-State treat their sump pump system like an "install it and forget it" project.
In other words, they're okay with having the work done to install the system in the first place, but after they've seen it keep the basement dry through a rainstorm or two, they don't think about it again unless they find their basement has flooded.
But did you have a basement waterproofing system installed to delay when your basement would flood next, or did you have it installed because you want your basement dry all the time?
If it Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It
Some people see this old phrase as a timeless piece of wisdom. But how will you know when the sump pump IS broken?
Unfortunately, you won't know until the basement actually floods.
A sump pump that's been unserviced with a flood alarm will not sound if it floods. Why not? Because the alarms on the sump pumps have batteries with limited lifespans. If the batteries are not replaced, they will stop working.
When was the last time your sump pump system has been serviced? Has it been several years? Your sump pump system may be one rainstorm away from a system failure!
Check your Sump Pump Batteries & Alarms
If your sump pump system fails, and the basement is about to flood, you'll want to know right away. Luckily, high-quality modern sump pumps include alarms that sound off when the battery backup sump pump is running and when the water level rises too high. In fact, some sump pump alarms can even be hooked up to home security systems! This will give you time to respond to the problem before it gets out of hand - even if you're not home.
During our annual renewal inspection, one of the first things our service technician will do is check the batteries on your sump pump and battery backup alarm. He'll also check the charge on your battery backup to make sure it's still ready to keep the battery backup pumping. This way, you're still protected if there's ever a power outage, blown fuse, accidentally unplugged, or any other waterproofing nightmare.
Think of your sump pump system like you would any other appliance in your home: it's mechanical and has moving parts. Sooner or later, it's going to break down.
To ensure your sump pump is running smoothly, it should be checked for dirt, clogs, and debris. Sump pumps with screens can easily clog, and floating debris can jam the sump pump float switches. In many cases (especially when a sump pump is installed without a liner), the entire sump pit can simply filly with mud, forcing the sump to clog and burn out.
Once the sump pump and liner have been cleaned of all mud, the system should be flood-tested to ensure all drains and discharge pipes are working properly.
That's why Healthy Spaces has a full-service team ready and waiting to service sump pumps systems in areas like Evansville, Henderson, Owensboro, Jasper, and more! They'll clean out your sump pump, check your pump batteries, and flood test your entire system to make sure that everything is smooth and ready to go. Call or contact them today to have your sump pump system and perimeter drain serviced!