Sump Pumps - The Appliance You Never Think AboutYour home's sump pump is one of those appliances you don't think about very often, out of sight... out of mind. However, the reality is your sump pump is one of the hardest working and most critical mechanical devices in your home.
The Chicago area receives well over a foot of rain during a typical spring and summer season. During a severe storm, heavy rains can cause your sump pump to work at peak performance to keep your basement dry. A sump pump can be called upon to remove hundreds of gallons of water per minute.
If your sump pump fails, your basement can quickly be flooded, causing expensive damage to your appliances, flooring and your personal possessions.v
Testing Your Sump PumpDon't wait until a heavy rainstorm to learn that your sump pump has stopped working, check it for correct operation a couple of times per year. Simply pour some water into the sump pit until the unit cycles.
The average sump pump has a lifespan of roughly ten years. Switch failure is the most common cause of sump pumps failing to work properly.