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Do you understand the importance of your sump pump? Water is the #1 enemy of a home. So when was the last time you checked your sump pump for proper operation? As a homeowner, your maintenance checklist should include checking your sump pump and ensuring that all surface and sub-surface water is directed away from the home.

Have you noticed any foundation cracks around your home? Do you realize that water is most often the cause of this cracking and that your sump pump may be a contributing factor?

In order to maintain your home in good condition, controlling your #1 enemy, water, is imperative and this means controlling surface water, controlling sub-surface water, and maintaining a properly operating sump pump discharge system.

The following components are an integral part of a water control program for every homeowner;

Wet Basement1) Surface Water Control

• Gutters & Downspouts: Ensure no obstructions are in the gutters and ensure downspouts push out away from the home 3-4 feet.
• Lot Grading: Ensuring that the landscaping slopes away from your home is very important and one that is often ignored.

2) Sub-Surface Water Control

• Perimeter Drain System: Surface water can move along the foundation wall. This water is collected by the perimeter drain system and drained away from the home with a tile system or sent to the sump pump for discharge away from the home

Wet Basement3) What is a Sump Pump Discharge System?

• The sump pit gathers water from the perimeter drains, allowing this water to flow away from the foundation
• When the level reaches a set height, the sump turns on and discharges water away from the home

4) Sump Pump Problems

• Stuck floats & pump failure are the #1 sump problems: If your float is stuck, or the pump fails, the sump will not come on and will not discharge the water away from your home. This fills the sump well and can flood your basement. But it can also trap water in the perimeter drains, and traps water against the foundation walls of the home.

Wet Basement5) The Results of Sump Pump Failure

• The results of sump pump failures can be dramatic and costly: It can cause a flooded basement, be a cause of mold growth, and cause movement in your foundation wall (due to expansive soils). This movement can and will cause cracks in your foundation which will lead to more water problems.

How to Test Your Sump Pump

It is important to check your sump pump regularly to make sure that it is in proper working condition. Especially before the spring thaw or the fall rains.

•Remove the cover and slowly pour water into the sump tank. You may need 5 to 10 gallons of water.
•Watch for the “float” to rise and trigger the pump.
•Once the pump is engaged, the water level will quickly lower and the float will shut off the pump.

Simple maintenance steps are all it takes to prevent costly problems from developing. After a hard rain or heavy snow melt, take a look at your sump pump. Check the level and pump operation regularly. When purchasing a home look closely at these areas, or ask your home inspector to focus on these areas in a separate walk through of the home. The cost of an inspection will be well worth the peace of mind in knowing that these components are installed and functioning properly. Using simple observational analysis and visual inspections can be the difference between solving a problem early on, and being faced with extensive, costly repairs.

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