Sump Pumps, discussed in the last blog posting, are a great choice to integrate into a complete water management system, helping to prevent basement or crawlspace flooding during heavy wet seasons. If you already have a sump pump installed and are experiencing issues with it, here are a few common things you can check:
Drainage pipe is frozen: Redirecting and insulating the drainage pipe will prevent water from freezing around or inside the pipe in freezing weather.
Clogged Filter Screen: When the screen is clogged it can’t drain water. Manually check the screen and remove debris.
Switch Malfunction: If the switch is blocked or off-kilter, the sump pump won’t trigger on. Manually check the sump pump switch and remove any debris you find.
Noisy Sump Pump: There may not be anything wrong with the pump; it’s probably just “water hammering”. If your sump pump doesn’t already have a check valve, installing one will help with the noise as well as making sure water won’t back up into the basement.
Power Failure/Circuit Overload: If you have a pump which relies on power to operate and the power goes out during a storm, you may be in for some flooding. Installing a second backup pump that doesn’t rely on electricity is a great option. Other power issues include overload on a circuit breaker from having too many appliances drawing energy from the same circuit. Dedicating one circuit for the pump will fix this. Be sure the outlet where the pump is plugged in is equipped with a ground fault interrupter.
Sump Pump May Not Be Enough: Sometimes a sump pump isn’t addressing your water problem and something else may be needed in your water management system. Healthy Way can evaluate your home and help custom design a system for your home.
For more information on optimizing your sump pump or water management system, contact us at Healthy Way. We can help!