Here in the midwest, having a sump pump installed in your Michigan home is a great precaution. Considering the heavy precipitation, humidity, and frigid winters, issues like basement floods and mold growth can be fairly common. While a sump pump alone won’t completely protect you and your home from every issue, they’re quite efficient in removing water from basements and crawl spaces, which is key in preventing mold growth and additional structural problems.
If you’re unsure of what a sump pump is, let us quickly fill you in. Sump pumps are installed in your home’s basement or crawl space when flooding is a problem to remove any water that enters. When water from rain and snow builds up. The pump is activated and begins to remove the water, expelling it into a sump basin. While efficient and heavy-duty, sump pumps will still require servicing at some point or another. In addition to our one-year warranty, you’ll want to monitor and maintain your sump pump to ensure it performs when you need it.
Common Sump Pump Problems
As we said, sump pumps are indeed reliable and efficient, but everything needs servicing at some point or another. Of course, when you have StayDry install a sump pump, we’ll back it with a one-year warranty. If there are any problems, we’ll simply replace it. However, once that year passes, it’ll be up to you to ensure it’s working properly and maintain it when necessary. Before we get into sump pump maintenance, let’s take a look at some issues that could arise after the warranty ends:
- Overworked Pump: In any case, it’s best to get a pump capable of pumping 35 gallons every minute. Anything less could easily become overworked and fail.
- Frozen Pipe: Amidst out freezing winters, the discharge pipe could collect water and freeze, ultimately blocking the flow. If a flood occurs, the pump won’t be able to clear the blockage and the water will remain in your basement.
- Power Failure: As with any appliance, sometimes a sump pump will simply die out, especially if it’s aged.
Every problem above can be viewed as a reason to check your sump pump often and ensure it’s functioning correctly. It’s obviously best to do this on your own instead of waiting for the next storm to occur. And there’s plenty more you can do in maintain your sump pump.
Sump Pump Maintenance: Good Practices
We’ll say it again: regularly maintaining your sump pump is key to keeping it running and removing water from your home when it’s needed most. After your warranty ends, you’ll need to ensure your sump pump is working as it should. By following the tips provided below, you’ll lengthen the life of your sump pump. Check it out:
- Through winter, check the discharge line often to ensure it’s not clogged or frozen.
- Monitor the inlet screen often and clear it of any debris.
- Regularly scan your sump pump pit to clear it of any debris.
- As mentioned, you’ll want to check if everything’s still working properly every few months. Pour some water into the sump and make sure the pump activates.
- Replace just the pump once a year.
- Contact a professional at StayDry when your sump pump is working properly.
Keep Your Sump Pump Running with StayDry!
When a storm hits, the last thing you want is to have your sump pump fail on you and allow your Michigan home to flood. Though all of our sump pumps are covered by a one-year warranty, it’s essential you maintain yours regularly for optimal performance. When issues do arise and you’re not sure what to do, be sure to contact StayDry so one of our experts can come lend a hand.
You can contact us at 800.782.9379 or contact us here to get a free estimate on any of our services.