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Sump Pump Installation: Avoid These 3 Mistakes

Not every home has a sump pump, but those that do benefit greatly from their presence.

A sump pump is a very handy machine. It keeps the important areas of your basement dry as it pumps out ground water that has found entry into your home.

Further, after your basement waterproofing contractor completes the sump pump installation, you can have the peace of mind that your basement will remain safe from flooding.

But as a homeowner, it’s important that your sump pump remain operable when you need it most. Here are 3 mistakes to avoid.

1. No Power: Sump pumps require electricity to run. So during a particularly heavy rain storm or thunderstorm, when the chances of losing power are the greatest, having a battery backup is a lifesaver. Talk to your waterproofing contractor about installing one when you get your sump pump.

2. Not Testing: Forgetting to test your sump pump can cost you a flooded basement. Test it by pouring water into the pit to activate it, about 5 gallons should do. As the float is triggered, the sump pump will kick on and move the water. If it doesn’t, time to call a professional for help.

3. Bad Discharge: If groundwater swells, and hydrostatic pressure builds up, water will find a way into your basement. For most sump pumps this isn’t a problem. But if you have a bad discharge pipe, your sump pump will struggle greatly to keep up. Every so often, check your discharge pipe for blockage. If you are unsure as to how, contact a professional to do it for you.

Interested in finding out more about how sump pumps can help you? Please contact us any time.