A sump pump is the home’s main defense against basement flooding. Sump pumps are installed in the lowest part of a basement or crawlspace, usually in a sump pump pit. Using centrifugal force, these devices quickly drive water out of your basement, making it the center of any flood waterproofing system. Like any machine, a sump pump is liable to malfunction over multiple uses, even with a sump pump battery backup.
Sump Pump Testing & Maintenance
Testing your sump pump regularly is critical, especially if you’re expecting heavy precipitation or flooding. Luckily, testing your sump pump is also quite simple:
- Locate your sump pit: there should be pipes in your basement or crawl space leading down to a large hole drilled into concrete, typically 24″ in circumference.
- Pour water from a bucket into your sump pump pit until the pump turns on. This should only take a few seconds, and no more than a couple gallons of water.
- The pump should turn on, remove the water from the pit and shut itself off in a matter of seconds
If your pump isn’t functioning properly, you should consult a plumbing professional before water can cause costly damage to your home’s basement and foundation.
Who should I call?
To prevent basement flooding and costly water damage to your home’s foundation, call Kansas City’s premier provider of plumbing services, Morgan Miller Plumbing. Our master plumbers can diagnose your home’s specific sump pump needs, from submersible to pedestal, grinder, or ejector pumps. And with Morgan Miller Plumbing, you know your flood prevention system is in hands you can trust: with a local staff and US-made Zoeller products.