Staying on top of sump pump maintenance helps ensure your equipment is ready and allows you to notice when a repair or replacement is necessary. If a sump pump fails, it can cause costly repairs and home damage. Here are some tips to help you keep up with the recommended maintenance that you can perform yourself. You’ll also find some recommended maintenance that may require a professional, such as our experts at Dahme Mechanical Industries, Inc.
To prevent flooding in your basement, you can install window wells, repair cracks in the foundation, and keep your downspouts clean. But, if water is still getting into your basement, you may need to install a sump pump.
A sump pump is a pump that removes water in the area of a home that is physically the lowest. This area may be in a well or pit dug beneath the crawlspace or basement of a home. Not every home needs a sump pump, but they are highly recommended in areas with frequent or heavy flooding. If your sump pump is working properly, you may not even be aware that you have one.
Sump pumps automatically turn on when groundwater reaches a certain level, marked by a switch that must be activated. It then drains the water out of the area until the level returns to where it should be. The excess water is usually drained into a retention pond, a dry well, a storm drain, or the yard.
If you’re constructing a new home and unsure whether you need a sump pump or live in a house that isn’t typically prone to flooding, you may be wondering if you need a sump pump installed. You may benefit from a sump pump in the following circumstances:
Dahme Mechanical Industries Inc. specializes in the installation of new sump pumps. Reach out to us today, and someone will be glad to answer any questions or schedule a time to visit your property.
While you may not think about a sump pump very often, they’re essential to prevent damage to your home due to flooding. They also help with the following:
If located in a basement, a sump pump will help keep the entire area drier, warmer, and more comfortable year-round.
One of the most important aspects of maintaining a functioning sump pump is to know your unit as well as possible. This knowledge will help you be more aware of what to expect in your sump pump’s needs, strengths, and weaknesses. You should know:
The following maintenance tasks are recommended for homes with sump pumps every three to four months:
The following maintenance tasks are recommended annually. Some may require a skilled professional, but you may be able to take care of some yourself. These tasks include:
Verify if the pump bearings of your particular sump pump require lubrication. If so, use the recommended oil to grease the bearings. If your pump has sealed bearings, you can skip this step.
Search the area where your pump drains to check for obstruction and ensure the pump can drain fully. Residual water can cause damage to your pipes or home foundation, so this step is important.
You may not pay much attention to your sump pump until it’s too late. Sump pumps can fail for several reasons, including mechanical failures, power outages, or excessive use. A failing sump pump can lead to flooding of your basement or home, damaged pipes, and even foundation damage. Fortunately, we can provide a solution. A battery backup can work to supplement your primary sump pump for several hours of added protection, even if your sump pump has failed.
Even with proper maintenance on a sump pump, they won’t last forever, and sometimes unforeseen problems do occur. If you notice any of the following, it may be time to call a professional.
If you need professional help with your sump pump, the Dahme Mechanics Industries, Inc. team is here for you 24 hours a day.
If you have any questions about maintaining or replacing your sump pump or require a sump pump repair, give our team at Dahme Mechanical Industries Inc. a call. You can reach us at 847-396-9836. We offer emergency services for sump pump repairs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We guarantee to be there when you need us the most.
Our team proudly serves Arlington Heights and the surrounding areas, including Western Springs, Hinsdale, Des Plaines, and more. We have a team of expert technicians dedicated to protecting you from costly damages, keeping your home safe and dry, and being there for you regardless of the time of day.