Seasonal Plumbing Tips

We Are All Ready For Spring But Is Your Sump Pump?

A sure sign of spring is the rising temperatures, the birds chirping and the sun sets later in the day!  As the temperatures rise, the spring storms and winds are here causing flooding!  How can you avoid costly damages from backed-up water?  A Sump Pump!  

We receive numerous calls each season from homeowners suffering from flooded basements and other water damage. Not only can it be costly to fix, but it can cause a disruption to your everyday life as well. If it’s been a while since you had your sump pump checked and maintained, you could be risking harm to your foundation and structure of your home as well as causing damage to your property.   

Improperly operating sump pumps are typically the culprits for basement flooding.  At Rocket Plumbing we can help!  We can schedule an appointment to perform a Maintenance and Inspection of your Sump Pump ensuring your home’s safe and secure from damaging water infiltration!  

What to Expect From Professional Sump Pump Maintenance and Inspection 

1– Checking the Pit 

A professional should inspect the size of the sump pit, ensuring that it’s large enough for the pump to function properly. 

2- The check valve 

The check valve on the discharge pipe needs to be operating properly to prevent water from flowing back down into the pit once the pump has turned off. Is your check valve operational? 

3- Backup power 

Because they need to work under extreme conditions and where heavy rains and flooding can cause power outages, it’s recommended to have a backup source of power, typically a battery. If you don’t already have a battery back up it may be time to get one installed. 

4- Do you have an alarm? 

Some sump pumps have an alarm that sounds when the device gets activated to alert homeowners that there is water buildup in the pit. It should be tested to ensure it’s working correctly. If you do not have an alarm, we can install one for you.  

5- The cover 

A sump pump needs a cover to prevent water from evaporating into the basement. A professional can ensure it fits snugly and properly. 

6- The discharge location 

It’s recommended to have the sump pump’s discharge location at least 20 feet from the home to avoid water draining back into the house. Additionally, it should not drain onto other properties, septic systems, or public sewers.

If you want to avoid home damage from water floods, Contact Rocket Plumbing and Drain. We can give you the peace of mind and confidence to know that your home is protected! 

To schedule an appointment for service or for more information, call us today at 484-989-9220!

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