Don’t let the next Cincinnati storm leave you and your home all wet. Here are our top tips to make sure your sump pump is wet weather ready!
1. Professional Inspection
Apollo Home offers a $49 Sump Pump Inspection to guard against malfunctions. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when you are bailing gallons of water from your flooded basement. A professional inspection gives you peace of mind knowing you are starting storm season with a properly functioning sump pump.
2. Battery Back Up?
All sump pumps run from a GFCI electrical connection. Always make sure it’s plugged in and in good working order. But, if summer storms knock out power, know that a smart upgrade is a Sump Pump equipped with battery back up. A small upgrade can pay dividends and prevent disaster during electrical outages.
3. DIY Sump Pump Care
As a homeowner, there are safeguards you can employ to make sure your sump pump continues to function properly:
Visually inspect the sump pump to be sure it is upright and not tilted. Over time, a sump pump can get off-center due to the vibrations of usage.
Clean the grate at the bottom of the sump pump pit by removing the submersible pump. Clear out dirt and debris that can build up at the grate and in the outlet pipes that dispense the water from the sump pump to the exterior of the home.
Run a manual test of your sump pump by pouring about five gallons of water into the sump pump pit. Make sure it automatically triggers its running cycle.
Outside inspection to make sure the water flows in a steady pace and that the pipes are taking that water at least 20 feet from your home’s foundation.
Your home’s sump pump has an important role in keeping your home dry, especially during summer’s flash storms. If DIY testing of your Sump Pump is not your idea of summertime fun, just call APOLLO Home for a $49 Sump Pump Inspection.
To schedule a Sump Pump inspection or repair, click here, and an Apollo Home Customer Service Representative will contact you soon.