What You Need to Know About Your Sump Pump

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A sump pump is one of those plumbing appliances that is very important to the functioning of a plumbing system, but one that people don’t know much about. When you understand how your sump pump works, you can make sure it is working properly and is well maintained.

Your sump pump should be located at the lowest point in your basement, where it can prevent flooding. In many cases, sump pumps are installed in a sump pump pit. As water flows into the pit, the pump turns on and pumps the water out to keep your foundation dry. There is a check valve installed on the pump that prevents the water from flowing back into the pit.

Float Activators and Pressure Sensors

A sump pump turns on when a float activator or pressure sensor signals that there is water in the pit. If the sensor isn’t working properly, the pump won’t be able to do its job. So, if your pump doesn’t turn on when it needs to, the activator may need to be repaired or replaced. Depending on the model you have, your sump pump may have an alarm system that will go off when water is backed up so you will know if it isn’t working properly.

Test The Pump Periodically

It’s very important that you test your sump pump regularly. You can make sure it is working by pouring a bucket of water into the pit and watching to see if the pump turns on and drains the water. If it doesn’t, it likely needs to be repaired. You should also have your sump pump inspected by a professional who can identify any problems that may not be obvious and make necessary repairs. For sump pump repair on Long Island, contact us.

The Pump Needs to be Standing Upright

In order for it to work the way it should, your sump pump needs to be standing upright. Whether you have a submersible or pedestal pump, it could begin to lean to one side if it has been activated a lot recently. When it is on, the pump vibrates, which could cause it to shift its position. Every so often, check to make sure your pump is standing upright.

Power Outages can Affect Pump Performance

If your pump is powered by electricity, you need to be aware of the fact that power outages will cause it to stop working. This could be especially problematic during severe storms when water is likely to collect beneath your home. You can use a pump that can be powered by water or batteries should the main, electrical, power supply shut off.

Understanding how your sump pump works can help you notice warning signs and take better care of it, so it will do its job properly and keep your basement dry. For sump pump repair on Long Island, contact us.


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