With the spring thaw and rain showers, water can begin to seep into foundations, causing basement flooding. Many homes in the Chicago area will experience some amount of ground water seepage inside. Even a little bit water seepage into the home can cause damage by creating an environment for mold and mildew to grow inside walls, causing health concerns. In severe cases, water can cause damage to your home and property. The first line of defense from basement flooding is a sump pump.
Sump pumps are small electric pumps installed in the basement or crawlspace of a home. It is often placed in a sump pump pit to allow water to drain below the floor level. As the pit fills with water, the pump turns on automatically to move the water out of the pit through a drain pipe that exits the home. The drain pipe has a check valve near the pump to keep the water from flowing backwards and returning into the home.
Because flooding is most likely to occur during severe weather and electrical storms, power to the pump could be unavailable. For peace of mind, consider a battery back-up sump pump, which can operate for hours, even when the home's electricity is off.
Testing Your Home's Sump Pump
Most homeowners don't think about their sump pump until a problem arises. But by testing your sump pump regularly you can ensure that it will be there when you need it most. Here's how to test your home's sump pump.1. Fill a large bucket with water.2. Slowly pour the water into the sump pump pit.3. The pump should turn on and remove the water.
If the sump pump does not turn on, ensure that the pump is plugged into an operable power supply. If the pump still doesn't work, call M/R Plumbing to have the sump pump unit unit tested and repaired replaced if necessary.