Sump Pump Maintenance
A sump pump prevents water from building up in your basement or crawl space by pumping excess water out and away from your home. This can save your home from damaging flooding in your home during heavy rain or floods.
Does My Home Need a Sump Pump?
Deciding if your home needs a sump pump can be the hardest part about getting a sump pump. A variety of conditions can require your home to rely on a sump pump to prevent your basement or crawl space from flooding. Those conditions include:
- High water tables
- Poorly draining soil
- Poor foundational drain
- Heavy rain area
- Flood zones
If you find yourself asking, “Does my home need a sump pump?” Give Charles Moon a call. One of our expert technicians will come out to your home and perform a thorough inspection to determine the source of your moisture problem and recommend the best solution for your home. Some areas in Sussex County are more prone to flooding compared to others. Though some homes are not really prone, water may still seep in and moisture will accumulate in the basement. If your basement or crawlspace feels musty and damp, chances are you need to install one in order to keep your home healthy and moisture free.
How to Check for Moisture in your Basement
Some areas in Sussex County are more prone to flooding compared to others. Though some homes are not really prone, water may still seep in and moisture will accumulate in the basement.
If you are looking for a simple DIY moisture check in your basement or crawlspace, you can try a plastic sheet test. If you find signs of moisture, you should contact Charles Moon right away before your home has irreversible water damage that requires pricey repairs.
Maintaining Your Sump Pump
Generally, sump pumps are not high maintenance. They do require some regular service. Every three to four months, you should:
- Clean the pump inlet screen
- Ensure the power cord is connected to power
- Test to see if the pump turns on by dumping a bucket of water in to raise the float
However, once a year, you should call a professional to clean and service your sump pump. This may require removing the sump pump entirely and cleaning it thoroughly, inspecting for damage, and adding grease or oil.
You should also consider getting your sump pump serviced after a big storm, especially if you believe there may be damage to the pump. Regular maintenance can ensure that your home avoids pricey water damage. Call Charles Moon for more information or to schedule an appointment for sump pump maintenance in your home.