Use a sump pump to prevent a flooded basement
Now is the time to make sure your sump pump is in proper working order. Last fall in Minnesota we had a significant amount of rainfall. That rainfall combined with the amount of snow we received means that the ground is saturated and any rain we get this spring isn’t going to have anywhere to go. If you have a sump pump in your home you need to make sure that it is in proper working order. Do a test run by adding water to the sump basket to the point where the sump pump turns on. Make sure that the sump does in fact run and that the water is being expelled properly outside away from your home. If the water from your sump pump isn’t being deposited far enough from the house you may end up pumping the same water over and over.
If you have major issues with water coming into your home you may want to consider putting in a back up sump pump of some kind. This will save you in case your sump pump fails or you have a power outage. There are a couple choices of back up pumps to choose from. A battery back up pump runs on a a deep cell battery and will operate for up to 6-7 hours on the battery. The battery will need to be checked every so often to make sure that it still holding a charge. The last thing you want is to have your back up pump fail.
Another option for a back up pump is a Liberty Sump Jet sump pump. This unit is powered by your city water. It will not go dead like the battery back up units and you never have to do any maintenance with charging or replacing a battery. The only downfall is that it’s going to cost you money to run because the water used to run the pump is also expelled outside along with the water in the basket.
You also need to make sure that when you test your sump pump that the line running from your pump is working properly. Make sure it is free and clear of debris and that it doesn’t have any holes or cracks in it. Occasionally sump pump lines may freeze and crack in the fall and or winter. Check both the PVC pipe line and the sump hose line if you have it.
The last thing you need to check is the sump pump check valve. This is a valve that is usually in line coming from the sump pump. It is often located just above the cover of your sump pump basket. The check valve is a one way valve that allows water to exit and not reenter. It’s purpose is to keep water that has been pumped out of the basket from coming back into the basket. If the valve fails the pump may continue to run indefinitely. This may cause your pump to burn up due to overuse. If you have a sump pump that doesn’t shut off this may be the cause. You would also want to check to see if the sump pumps switch is working properly. Sump pumps have a few different switches they use to determine when to turn on and off. Occasionally a switch may get stuck or hung up on something causing them to either not turn on or not turn off.
Here is a news piece that we helped with talking about sump pumps
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