Minimize Basement Flooding with a Sump Pump
We can’t stop the rain from falling, but installing a sump pump can lessen the likelihood of water damage to your home.
Finished basements are at elevated risk during heavy storms, making furniture, electronic and recreational equipment, mechanical systems and other items susceptible to water damage. Basement flooding can be exacerbated by a power failure, which may cause a disruption in water removal systems.
One of the best investments to protect your home from water damage in your basement or lower level is a sump pump with a back-up. A sump pump is typically submerged into a pit in the lowest level of your home. It pumps ground water outside, away from the home.
Features of a smart sump pump system include:
• Dual efficient pumps for high capacity performance
• Dual sensors for redundant control and monitoring capability
• Long-lasting battery power
• Testing functionality to ensure all components are ready for use
• Alerts that can be sent by phone or email
The cost of installation varies with complexity and plumber rates by area.
Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for pump maintenance. These vary from running the pump every two to three months to a yearly cleaning before the rainy season.
To inspect the sump pump
o Open the lid and remove debris that may be blocking the water inlet screen.
o Pour five gallons of water into the pump and watch the float valve rise.
o As the float valve rises, the pump should turn on and water should discharge through the outlet pipe.
o Inspect the outlet pipe outside your home. Water should flow from the pipe away from the home.
o If the sump pump fails to operate, contact a plumbing professional.
o Install a battery back-up system with a battery replacement warning. Replace the batteries every two to three years.
Always feel free to call your insurance agent with questions.
Allen Insurance and Financial is an employee-owned insurance, employee benefits, and financial services company with offices in Camden, Rockland and Southwest Harbor. Call 800-439-4311.