Sunday, December 25th, 2016

Winter Sump Pump Maintenance Tips

Now that we’re well into wet winter weather, it’s a good time to revisit a few sump pump maintenance tips. A happy sump will pump and pump, keeping your basement dry and fresh.

Watch this 3-minute sump maintenance video from Central Insurance Company: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rszr08KDEjs.Insurance companies have real interest in preventing flood prevention/water damage.

Locate the Pump’s Outside Discharge Hose and Cleanout Cap. Look along your home or business exterior wall for the point where the discharge hose exits the foundation. Keep the area clear of debris, especially if it’s below grade. Freezes can happen quickly, causing burst pipes.

Anti-Freeze is a No-No. Never use chemicals in the sump crock and anti-freeze in particular should be avoided at all costs. It’s a tasty, deadly temptation for house pets and small children.

Always leave the pump plugged in.
 That’s the best way to ensure the pump runs when it needs to.

Additional Pump Maintenance Tips
• Fill the sump crock with water until the pump float rises and activates the pump.
• Install a sewer backflow prevention valve if sewage backup is a concern for you.
• Ensure all pump discharge water flows away from your home’s foundation.
• Install a battery backup to keep your sump working in the event of a winter weather-related power failure.

Water You Waiting For? If you are experiencing trouble with your sump pump, the experts at Allied Reddi-Rooter can either repair or replace your pump. Call Ray today for a free estimate. 513-396-5300.