Is Your Home Under Water

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Is Your Home Under WaterIf you live in the Chicago suburbs, you probably own a sump pump and know full well the pain of having that sump pump fail when Chicago torrents come or when the Chiberian snows melt and let loose the city floods. There are very some common reasons why sump pumps fail. And there are key ways you can avoid having your basement become the Midwest’s newest lake because of it.

Here are a few issues to look out for when you rely on a sump pump to keep your home’s basement dry.

Not Enough Sump Pump: For many reasons, sometimes one sump pump just doesn’t cut it. Any one sump pump is going to differ in quality and power from another and depending upon how much yours will have to work, you my actually need two. If your sump pump is overwhelmed, either because of the size of your home or because you get constant rain or your home has a particularly high water table, you need to increase your capacity to pump out more water to keep your basement dry. Try a battery backed up sump pump for those times when the storm bring not only a flood of water but also a power outage.

Clogged Sump Pump: If your unit does not have a lid, it could fill will soil and debris and that’s a recipe for a clogged sump pump when you need it most. If your sump pump abuts straight against the bottom of a dirty sump pit, the mechanics are apt to clog with dirt and debris also. And this could very well get in the way of normal sump pump operation. This debris can also clog the float switch, which operates the on and off function of the sump pump when water level in the pit changes.If this happens, the switch will stop working or get stuck in the on position, causing the pump to run continuously. And that could burn your sump pump out.

Sump Pump’s No Spring Chicken: Just like any other component of your home, if your sump pump is past its prime, it’s just not going to perform well.  A good rule of thumb is if your sump pump is more than five years old, start looking at new sump pumps. If it’s seven years old, buy a canoe for the next rainy season as a way to get around your basement.

If you keep an eye out for issues with your sump pump, you’ll stand a better chance of making it through the next Chicago thaw and flooding with a move, dry basement.

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