The spring season can bring some strong storms with it. When that happens, it’s possible for your basement to become flooded with rainwater. One way you can prevent this from happening is by ensuring your sump pump is in working order.
Read on as foundation repair pros Stratum Structural Systems lists the five ways you can get your sump pump ready this spring season.
Clean the Screen – Your sump pump comes with a screen that will have to be cleaned every now and then. To do this, unplug the pump, disconnect it from the discharge pipe, and pull the pump out. Hose the debris away from the screen at the base of the pump and rinse off its housing. If needed, lubricate the bearings as well.
Inspect the Check Valve – After you’ve cleaned the screen, inspect the check valve. If its internal flap isn’t swinging freely, flush it out. If there are any mineral deposits, meanwhile, soak it in vinegar before reconnecting it to the discharge pipe.
Test the Float Switch – To test the float switch, pour a few gallons of water into the sump pump. If the switch turns on and sucks out the water, then your switch is in good condition. If not, enlist the services of basement repair contractors to repair or replace the float switch.
Exercise the Outlet – This is a safety procedure that should never be skipped. According to code, your sump pump must be plugged to a GFCI receptacle and you need to press its test and rest buttons to see if it’s in working condition.
Prep the Backup Battery – On the other hand, if you have a backup battery, make sure you top its cells with distilled water as required.
Looking for someone who can help you with your sump pump? Simply turn to Stratum Structural Systems, your number one professionals when it comes to basement waterproofing and egress window repair services. Give us a call at (314) 620-8153 or fill out our contact form to get a free quote.