Spring is a wonderful season that many people await. After long days of white, frozen, and very cold weather, the warmth of spring is always a welcome treat to kids, teens, and adults alike. But with the warm weather quickly drawing in and making the ice melt, many homeowners that have basements and underground cellars are getting worried.
Spring and Water Influx to the Basement
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As the winter season comes to an end, spring comes in and with it, huge amounts of water go into the ground. All that groundwater can get into your basement, and can make your sump pump overloaded with so much water to pump out. If you have a well maintained sump pump, then there is very little to worry about.
Making your machine all set and ready to go when the spring and rainy season arrives is a no-brainer and needs little effort. Luckily for you, we compiled a list of handy things to do for sump pump owners so that you can make your pump spring-proof and ready for the upcoming rainy season.
Making Sure Your Sump Pump Is Prepared For Spring
- A good few weeks before spring is bound to take a peek, be sure to give ample time for yourself to check the whole pump system for any need to lubricate the bearings and machines, or if there are any loose pipe and line connections that need to be tightened and secured.
- Note for frozen water inside discharge pipes and provide heat or insulation to thaw that frozen area first before running your pump for tests.
- Frozen pipes are brittle and tend to crack easily. Note for cracks that formed when the frozen water expands beyond the pipe’s diameter, as these can cause unwanted leaks if left unnoticed.
- If your sump pump has been sitting pretty in your basement for months, not running at all and having rested for way too long, it must be tested for automatic starting. Pour an adequate amount of clean water into your pit, enough to turn it on automatically, and test run it for any issues. If it doesn’t start, now is a good time to check why.
- Note for any signs of leaks along the entire pump system from the inlet up to the discharge pipe during the test run.
- Remove all debris from your sump pit. Disconnect the pump from any power source and remove it from the pit, then clean out any accumulated rubble, silt, and dirt from the sump pit. These unwanted debris can hinder optimum performance of your sump pump and they should regularly be removed.
- Read the model’s specific manual of how much water the sump pump can handle. If you are in doubt of its capability, or if it seems that the amount of ice that will melt will cause overload to your current sump pump, invest in a secondary sump pump. Backup pumps are great, and can save you from inconvenience if your primary pump fails due to overload.
- Alternatively, consider buying a new sump pump of greater horsepower and capacity to ensure that your basement stays dry and flood-free.
- Make sure that the electrical power route is free of damage, tears, or unsecured connections so that fire or shorted circuits can be averted.
- Remove obstructions and lodged debris from the bottom grates of your sump pump so the inflow amount of water is maximized and flooding can be prevented.
- Ensure that the sump p ump itself is positioned upright within the sump pit. See that it doesn’t tilt or lean on the walls.
- Confirm that the float switch automatically rises with the water and is not jammed or frozen shut.
- If your situation entails it, see if there is a need to purchase water-powered backup pumps or battery packs, especially if your location is prone to power outages and black-outs. This prevents stress and inconvenience when power outages last longer than usual.
Always Be Resilient and Ready for Spring
Being unprepared for upcoming issues can lead to more costs for repairs and reconstruction. A sump pump can be the best protection you can have from having water damage to your homes. This can ruin your possessions, as well as harbor a reproduction ground for molds and fungus like mildew, insects, and pests.