Flooded lower levels are happening everywhere across the country. A Stewartville area sump pump is no stranger to water in the basement. If your home sits on a high water table, chances are you encounter a soggy lower level every single time it rains, not to mention what occurs during a deluge. With this water comes frequent replacement of sump pumps—they are counted upon to do quite a bit of work. We at Gander Plumbing have seen this on a regular basis. As such, we would like to share some tips with you on how you can try to ensure that your sump pump lasts a while—the bonus being a dry lower level!

Sump Pump Efficiency Tips:

  1. Pour buckets of water into your sump pump to test it out. You do this by dumping the water directly into the sump pit, which, should in turn, turn on the sump pump. The sump pump on, it should move the water from the pit, shutting itself off within seconds. Ensure that the float and the check valve move freely.
  2. Take a good look. Clean the pit, remove any dirt, sand, gravel and other debris to make the pit more efficient, enabling a longer life. Make certain the discharge line opening is not obstructed so that water can be pumped through the line, out of your lower level or crawlspace.
  3. Use a back-up battery to ensure it works through a power outage. If a power outage lasts for an extended period of time, or if you run into frequently occurring power outages, the back-up battery will keep things running. You have multiple options here, marine-grade being strong enough to last half a day. A different type of battery uses water pressure from your water lines to force flood water out of your sump pit.
  4. All sump pumps eventually die. Being both mechanized and electronic, the moving parts wear down and need replacement at some point. No general timeframe exists on the lastability of a sump pump—its life dependent upon how much it is used. Check it fairly often to ensure it is in working order.
  5. Know a good plumber and reach out to them if sump pump issues appear too daunting. If you find yourself standing in the middle of a flooded lower level, you do not want to have to call around for a best option.

Are you interested in learning more about potential issues with your sump pump in Stewartville and surrounding areas? Call Gander Plumbing at 507-282-7540, or you can contact us to Schedule an Appointment.