Uncategorized January 9, 2024

Sump Pump Basics: What You Need to Know

What is a sump pump?

A sump pump is a machine that helps prevent flooding in a basement by activating when water levels rise.

The pump works as a preventative measure, when water starts to gather from heavy rain, snow melting, or a busted pipe. A sump pump basin will begin to collect the water that is gathering. The pump will activate and pull water in before pushing it out into the dry well or drainage system. It will stay active until the water falls under a certain level.

Why do I need one?

A sump pump is an investment in your home that provides many benefits:

  • Defend your basement against flooding.
  • Reduce mold and mildew growth.
  • Improve indoor air quality.
  • Keep your foundation intact.
  • Protect basement appliances.

We recommend installing a sump pump if any of the following is true:

  • You live in an area that receives heavy rain or snow.
  • You live in an area that is prone to flooding.
  • You’ve had issues with water damage in the past.
  • You have a finished basement.

Sump Pump Maintenance

The frequency of maintenance on your sump pump depends on how often you use it. If your pump works to dispose of water from washing machines, you should clean it monthly. Focus on cleaning the screen and inlet opening.

If your pump doesn’t run with a washing machine, you should check the pump screen and opening at least once every three to four months. Test your system by pouring water into the sump to see if it activates.

If you notice your sump pump is not functioning as it should, it is important to get it repaired as soon as possible to avoid costly damage.

Navigating Sump Pump Issues

If your electricity goes out during a storm, it is likely your sump pump has also stopped doing its job. To avoid this issue, be sure to have a backup method of powering the pump. Generators or a pump powered by a battery backup are great options.

You should contact a professional:

  • If your sump pump is running continuously.
  • There is water spilling out of the sump pit.
  • The water level is rising too high.

Your sump pump may need to be replaced or repaired if you notice it’s making strange noises, not turning on as quickly, not pumping as much water as it used to, or if it has been more than five years since you’ve had it serviced. Prevent costly and unhealthy problems by calling Parrish Services at the first sign of trouble. Our certified plumbing and electrical experts can help you assess the situation and determine whether a problem needs fixing. 

Having a sump pump will help protect your home from water damage. Ready to get yours installed? Parrish Services installs sump pump systems with proper permits, equipment, and inspections, so you know the job is done right- the first time.

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