Even though it has been dry this Spring, it is important to remember that it is still Spring. Typically, May and June are some of the wettest months of the year. We know that in Iowa weather patterns can change quickly, and when they do we can get large downpours of rain in a short amount of time. That is when you need your sump pump and foundation drainage system to work at it’s best.
We would like to remind you of a few things you can do to make sure that your sump pump will be working when you need it most
Does Your Pump Turn On?
Simply check to make sure that your pump still turns on. Sometimes pumps that have not needed to pump for a long time actually “freeze up” from rust, corrosion, or scale build up and will not come on when they are needed. To test your pump, simply remove the lid from your sump pit and fill the pit with water to the point that it lifts up the float. If your pump does not turn on and pump out the water, you will need to investigate and see if it is frozen up, the motor is dead, or the breaker is tripped. Taking care of this problem now will insure that your pump is working when you need it.
Will You Know If It Doesn't Turn On?
Consider adding an alarm to your sump pit, or located near your sump pit. A second line of defense of knowing when your pump has failed can be a life saver. Alarms come in all different price ranges and capabilities. I would suggest looking online by searching “sump pump alarm” and finding which one would fit you best. This can be an inexpensive way to prevent expensive damage from an overflow.
Two is Better than One
Consider purchasing a “dual pump” system for your sump pit. This system has two pumps that sit side-by-side and both fit in a standard sized sump pit. The advantage of the dual pumps is that if one pump fails, the second will kick in. This will prevent your pit from overflowing and flooding your basement. Most of these can be purchased for a reasonable price.
Make Sure You're Covered
Make sure you have adequate sewer and drain backup coverage on your homeowners insurance policy. This is an additional endorsement that is not typically included in the base coverages of most homeowner policies.
If you have any additional questions, feel free to call our office at 712-439-1722.