What a rain filled May we had. It is on record as the wettest May in history for Chicago! It’s not surprising, as May and June are traditionally Illinois’ wettest months of the year. Your sump pump probably did quite a bit of work in May so now would be a good time to check it as well as your battery back up pump, if you have one, to make sure they are in good shape to handle what may come throughout June. Let’s take a closer look at the important role the sump pump and battery backup serve and how to inspect the devices to make sure they work when it counts so you avoid costly flooding issues.
A sump pump protects the lowest part of your home, typically a basement, from being flooded. A sump pump is installed in a pit, and features sensors that can detect water from rain or snowmelt that enters the pit. When the water approaches floor level, it is pumped outside before it can flood the whole basement. A battery backup pump also sits in the pit, and is important because it kicks on when a power outage occurs that would put your regular sump pump out of commission.
Inspecting Your Sump Pump:
Inspecting Your Battery Backup Pump:
We recommend checking your sump pump and battery backup twice a year. In doing so, you can rest a little easier when storm season hits knowing your pumps are good to go! For added piece of mind, you can also incorporate a wi-fi module into your sump pump system that sends emails or text notifications and status alerts to your phone, tablet or computer.
If you find that anything unusual or beyond your ability to properly handle when inspecting your pumps, the professionals at Aleck Plumbing would be happy answer your questions or step in and provide a helping hand.
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