There are a few options in order to avoid damage and repair costs due to failed sump pump system during a power outage. You may choose a battery operated sump pump backup or a water powered back up pump system.
In any case there are a few basic steps you can take to maintain your back up system. Power outages are not the only time you may need an auxiliary pump to control the water in your sump.
Mechanical failure of my main pump as always a worry for me. Sump pumps have moving parts and usually spend there lives in harsh environments. They will fail at some point and because of this, having a back up system in place gives me piece of mind.
Battery Operated Sump Pump Backup
1. If your sump system is equipped with battery powered backup.
- Check the water level in the battery ensure it covers the cells.
- Refer to the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions.
2. Visually inspect the setup for the backup pump look in the pit for obstructions and debris .
- Remove any unwanted debris
- Before attempting to remove debris always unplug the pump
3. The float for the back up pump should be set so that it only activates when the primary pump does not.
4. Unplug the main sump pump and add water to the pit, until the backup pump runs.
5. Plug the power cord for the main pump back in after the backup pump test is finished.
6. If you have a high water alarm, it should sound when the float is lifted. If there is a sensor switch, the alarm should sound when water touches the sensor.
7. Depending on how your system is set up, an alarm may sound when the main pump is unplugged or possibly when the backup pump activates.
Water powered backup sump pumps
1. Check to make sure that the water supply valve is switched to the ON position. For handle-operated ball valve, the handle will be across the pipe when shut off and parallel to the pipe when it is turned on .
2. Inspect the sump for debris that may obstruct the on/off float. Unplug the sump pump before removing any debris.
3. Unplug the main sump pump and make sure that the water supply valve is turned to the on position. Add water until the back up pump operates Some water powered pumps may not have a weep or breather hole.
4. The back flow or check valve should inspected by a licensed plumber every few years.
5. Replace the sump cover, reconnect all pump electrical plugs back into the receptacles and check that all power sources for the main and backup pump system are switched to the “ON” position. Ensure the entire system is functional.
Sump pump overview
A sump pump is important for removing water in a basement, especially if you live in an area that tends to flood. Sump pumps are generally in a sump to pump water out of the collection area. The pump is usually placed in the lowest part of your basement. When water reaches a certain level, it will begin pumping the water out of your home. This automatic pumping system helps to protect the basement from water damage, as well as things stored in the basement.
However, if your sump pump stops working, you could have a disaster on your hands, because of this, it’s important to maintain your pump. You may not be aware how often the pump comes on and goes off because sump pumps are usually tucked out of the way,hidden in your basement. During the rainy season, it’s important to regularly check on the pump to ensure that it works properly. Here are a few things you can do to keep your sump pump working well.
Sump Pump maintenance
This is the best way to know if something is about to go wrong or has already gone wrong with your sump pump. Sump pumps don’t require a lot of maintenance, but it is important that you do maintain them.
- Regularly check the discharge line. It can become clogged with debris or freeze up in the cold weather. You may also need to unclog the air vent hole in the line. Make this part of your emergency preparedness routine, especially when expecting heavy rain.
- Check the inlet screen. This too can get clogged with debris and should be cleaned 2-5 times a year.
- Check the float components They should be unobstructed and move smoothly. If it doesn’t, the pump may not start and be unable to do its job when needed .
- Check the area around your sump pump. Keep debris away from the pump. It could be sucked into the pump and clog the discharge line. If you’re expecting rain, this is the perfect time to clean around your sump pump.
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Testing your pump
- Test your sump pump by slowly pouring water into the area where your sump pump is housed.
- Watch to make sure the float rises with the water level and triggers the sump pump to start up. If it doesn’t start, do some basic trouble shooting like making sure that the unit is plugged in and power is running to it.
- Also, check your float switch and valve to make sure both are functioning. If it still doesn’t come on, contact a qualified repair person to check it out.
- Check to make ensure the pump is discharging the water and it’s discharging well away from your house.
- Annually you should disconnect the unit and flush it out with water to remove any debris. Be sure to clean out any debris in the sump pit, while you have the pump pulled out.
- When you put the sump pump back and reconnect it, make sure you test it again by pouring water slowly in because you want know it works correctly.
If you have a sump pump with a back-up battery.
Don’t forget the back-up battery. Check water level in the battery cells. Replace the battery every two to three years,
Just doing these few simple things on a regular basis can keep your sump pump operational when you need it most.
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