If you’ve been in South Carolina long enough, you are sure to remember “1000 Year Flood” of 2015. Hopefully we never have that much rain again, but times like those are a good reminder that preparation is essential for the rainy and stormy months ahead. A properly working sump pump is an important factor in whether your home stays safe in damaging storms. We want to make sure your home is prepared—especially your sump pump.

Use these tips to test your sump pump to make sure it’s working at its full capacity:

  • • Locate the outside pipe that catches the water as it drains from the pump. Make sure the inside of the pipe doesn’t have any debris clogging the drain.
  • • Fill a 5-gallon bucket or a large cooking pot with water. Slowly pour the water into the sump pit and watch the water level within the pit.
  • • The float on the sump should rise and the pump will kick on well before the water reaches the top of the pit. As the pit empties, the system should turn off.
  • • If the float doesn’t rise or the pump doesn’t turn on/off automatically the pump needs a closer inspection.
  • • This may seem like common sense, but make sure the electrical outlet for the sump pump is functional.

Heavy thunderstorms can lead to power outages, which is another nuisance for homeowners. Since a sump pump relies on electricity to run, we suggest that homeowners install a sump pump battery back-up system.

If you find that you may a need a sump pump repair or sump pump replacement contact the PROS at Plumb Pro.

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