Maintaining your sump pump regularly by cleaning the inlet and pump screen is essential to keep it running reliably. A yearly professional sump pump inspection is also vital to ensure your home and belongings are protected against water damage and mold growth due to basement flooding and ground water intrusions.
What Takes Place During a Sump Pump Inspection
During an inspection, a professional plumber will test the pump to make sure it’s operational and check that the float isn’t tangled or jammed. The inspector will also check these key features:
- Alarm – If the sump pump is equipped with an alarm, the inspector will test its functionality. If there’s no alarm, consider having one installed to alert you if high water levels in the sump pit don’t activate the pump.
- GFCI – If the sump pump is plugged into a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) receptacle, the inspector may suggest that you switch it over to a regular receptacle so there’s no worry of deactivating the pump if the GFCI accidentally trips.
- Check valve – The inspector will also recommend you have a check valve installed if there isn’t one on the discharge pipe. Without a check valve, expelled water can back up into the sump pit through the pipe and put unnecessary strain on the pump.
- Backup power –Storms that produce heavy rainfall often disrupt electrical service. If your sump pump doesn’t have a battery backup, it may not function during severe weather when its protection is needed the most.
- Sump pit – A plumber will also check that the sump pit is at least 18 inches wide and 24 inches deep so the pump can operate properly. He may also suggest having a tight-fitting cover installed on the pit to help control basement humidity issues.
- Discharge location – Your inspector will verify that the discharge location is 20 feet or more away from the home and not draining into a residential septic system, public sewer or onto a neighboring property.
To schedule a sump pump inspection to help protect your Grand Traverse County home, contact the plumbing pros at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.
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