The flooded basement. It’s an unfortunate, but regular occurrence during storm season. The culprit: a failed sump pump.
A poorly working or broken sump pump is one reason basements flood. The sump pump simply doesn’t pump the water out of the house quickly enough or at all. Often, the water simply rises over the edge of the sump pump, and floods out onto the floor. Checking your sump pump regularly is not only smart homeownership, it’s a preventive measure that can give you peace of mind.
Common Reasons for Sump Pump Failure
The most common reason for a flooded basement is that the power goes out and the electric sump pump doesn’t work. Be prepared during storm season. Power outages – caused by heavy winds, heavy snows or driving rains – wreak havoc on homes. Take precautionary measures now. Add a battery back-up to your system. If a power outage occurs, an automatic battery back-up will keep your system working, even during the most severe storms. Having an unattached battery back-up is also an option, but it’s not practical if no one is at home to connect it.
Hometown Plumbing Services can help. Our expert technicians will do a thorough evaluation of your home’s drainage system and sump pump, as well as review the size and requirements of the pump for your home. They can install a new pump, if necessary, or repair the existing pump. Your new or repaired sump pump will be thoroughly tested by the technician. In addition, we will show you how it works and how to measure water levels.
In addition to the pump, Hometown Plumbing Services will also check the pipes leading to the home. Blocked or degraded pipes can cause more than sump pump malfunctions. They can cause water damage to your home’s foundation. Easily overlooked, water in the foundation is slow to dry and quick to turn into mold and mildew, putting your family in an unhealthy environment. Hometown Plumbing Services will inspect your foundation for any dark or discolored spots and make recommendations to solve any issues found.