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Sump Pump Failure and How SERVPRO Can Help in Erie County

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

The key to preventing sump pump failure is preventative maintenance and upkeep.

The sump pump is an appliance in your home that you may not give much thought to until you need it. When a heavy storm hits unexpectedly, the last thing you need is for your sump pump to fail.

The key to preventing sump pump failure is preventative maintenance and upkeep. This ensures you won’t be stuck with a wet, musty basement.

Since your sump pump relies on the electricity from your house, power outages are the most common cause of sump pump failures. This is likely to occur during the spring and summer storm season. There are two solutions to this problem.

  1. Purchase a back-up generator. The Top 10 selling back-up generators are a great place to start. The back-up generator will keep power running to your sump pump when the power to your house is lost.                   
  2. The less costly alternative is to purchase a back-up battery that will keep your sump pump operating when there is a power outage. A battery can cost anywhere between $275 and $500 to purchase and install. While this may seem like an unappealing amount of money to spend for a back-up plan, it is the best way to prevent basement flooding.

Maintenance is key to preventing sump pump failure. If you have not heard your sump pump running recently, you can easily test it by pouring five gallons of water into it. Once the sump pump reaches its maximum level, the pump should turn on by itself and begin draining the water.

More sump pump maintenance tips are available here.

If you find yourself needing help or assistance with basement flooding or sump pump failure, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of West Erie County. We can provide immediate help and minimize any further damage to your home and basement.  Call today! (814) 806 -1987

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