Storm Damage in Blacklick
We received numerous calls over the past few weeks due to the flooding that has hit the Columbus metropolitan area. A lot of these homes flooded due to sump pump malfunctions. It is very important for Sump Pump's to be well maintained so that your basement does not get affected when heavy storms roll through the area. The foullowing are 4 Tips for Sump Pump Maintenance:
- Test it regularly: You can test your sump pump to confirm it’s working properly. Pour a bucket of water into the sump pit. When you do this, the pump should turn on right away. Remove the water from the pit, then shut it off in a couple of seconds. Be sure that the float switch and the check valve can move freely and that nothing is in the way. In addition, check the discharge line to be sure it is not obstructed or frozen. Also, if the inlet screen is clogged, clear it of any residue or debris.
- Change Batteries: If your sump pump is backed up by batteries, be sure that the batteries are replaced every two to three years, or as directed from the manufacturer.
- Clean It: At least once a year, you should take out the pump. Begin by disconnecting it from the power. Flush it out well with water to remove any standing debris. While it’s out, remove stones, mud, debris, or anything else that is inside the sump pit. Then put the sump pump back in and reconnect it to the power. Test the unit by pouring a bucket of water into it to ensure the sump pump still functions properly.
- Be Sure the Outside of your Home is Well-Maintained: Basement flooding can be incredibly damaging. To avoid this, seal any cracks in your walls, windows, or in the foundation. In addition, clean gutters and downspouts regularly so things can drain properly. Also, make sure that the grading around your home is designed properly. It should slope away from the foundation so water can be washed away. Water buildup can happen quickly. If your home’s exterior isn’t being taken care of, you could see damage in your basement right away. A sump pump works well in normal conditions, but it can’t overcome a faulty design.
In the even that your basement does end up flooding, contact SERVPRO of NE Columbus to make it "Like it never even happened."