As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.
If you have a basement in your home, you should also have a waterproofing strategy that goes with it. Water can pose a real threat to your basement, and it doesn't even have to come from a natural setting such as rainstorms. Some water threats can come from broken water pipes or even a broken washing machine. Because there are so many flooding risks that your basement faces, it's crucial that you have a waterproofing strategy in place.
A working sump pump should be the main component of your strategy. A sump pump will effectively remove water from your basement before active flooding can occur. However, before your sump pump can prevent flooding, it has to be working properly. Here are three steps you can take to prevent problems with your new sump pump.
Protect the Power Cord
Now that you have a sump pump in your basement, you'll need to protect the power cord. You never know when someone is going to accidentally unplug the pump. If that happens, your sump pump won't be able to protect your home from water damage during a flood. To protect your power cord, and prevent an accidental power interruption, be sure to invest in a locking outlet box. These boxes hold your power cord securely in place to prevent them from being disconnected accidentally.
Keep the Basement Floor Clean
If you don't have a finished basement, the chances are good that you're using the area as extra storage space. If you are, you need to make sure that the basement floor is always clean and free of debris. During a flood, the loose debris can get washed into the path of the sump pump and cause a clog. Once the sump pump is clogged, it will no longer be able to remove the water properly, which could result in significant water damage. To avoid that risk, keep the basement floor clean and the area around the sump pump clear.
Test Your Sump Pump Twice a Year
In addition to keeping the basement clean and clear, it's also important that you test your sump pump at least twice a year. Testing the sump pump will help you identify problems before you're faced with a flood. When you're testing your sump pump, be sure to take a good look at it. Check for signs of visible damage, as well as for signs of loose or damaged wires. Once you've done that, you'll want to watch to see how the pump works. You can do that by slowly pouring a bucket of water into the reservoir. Your pump should activate as soon as it's alerted to the water and turn off once all the water has drained from the hole.
It's also important that you listen to the way your pump sounds. It's also important to listen to your sump pump. High-pitched whining or grinding sounds can be an indication that there's something wrong with your pump. If your pump fails any portion of the semi-annual test, you should have it serviced right away.
For more information, contact your local sump pump installation company.Share
4 September 2018