July 28,2018

Maintaining your Sump Pump

Water damage through basement flooding causes expensive repairs in most homes because most homeowners neglect sump pump maintenance. Details from home insurance statistics have it that the cost of repairing water damages and mold exceeds $2 Billion per year and the average cost of claims are above $6000.

Sump pump maintenance is far cheaper than having a destructive and costly mess on your hands or going through the rigorous process of filing insurance claims which might not be successful.

The sump pump is an essential home appliance because it protects flooding by redirecting or removing groundwater intrusion on a regular basis, but since it is mostly hidden in a sump pit, homeowners forget or neglect it during home maintenance or renovation.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh have provided cost-effective tips for maintaining your sump pump to ensure you won't ever experience water damages in your house:

Why you need a sump pump

Before we provide tips for maintaining your sump pump, it's good to know why you need to install a sump pump in your home.

If your building is situated in a poorly draining soil like the sandy, chalky or peat soil and the soil compaction or composition is also poor, then you need a sump pump. In case, the water table of the location is high, or the land is sloppy, you should call professionals from Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh for an expert advice. For homes with constructional or basement wall construction problems, the owner needs to purchase and install a sump pump for control and management of the situation.

How to maintain your sump pump

Most sump pumps are not used for months because it is a preventive appliance. Therefore, maintenance of the sump pump can frequently be done by the owner and with the help of a professional.

DIY sump pump maintenance.

As a homeowner, you need to continuously do the following to ensure that your sump pump works efficiently all through the year:

  • Locate and clean the pump inlet screen especially during spring or winter seasons.
  • Conduct a check on the socket and the power chords to identify any breakages or any evidence of wear and tear.
  • Make sure the pump is rightly positioned and tighten loosen nuts.
  • Test run the pump once a while to ensure it is functioning properly by filling the sump pit to the top with water. This will trigger the pump to start, and you will evaluate how it could function during emergencies. If the pump could not start when you fill up the sump pit, it shows that there is a problem and you should call plumbers from Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh for repairs and expert advice.

Schedule yearly inspection by a professional


Apart from the minimal home maintenance routine, having a yearly inspection by a professional is the solution. You can call plumbers from Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh to inspect your sump pump during early spring before the rains become very intense.

Anytime you need water damage cleanup and restoration, drying and dehumidification or to repair burst and leaky pipes, professionals from Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh will always be at your service. Give us a call now.


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