Spring is a great time of year for many things, and a horrible time of year for others. Not to put a damper on the season (har har) but spring means storms. Those storms can cause all kinds of water damage to your home if you don’t know how to protect it.
Now, if you have a vulnerable part of your home, chances are you already have a sump pump installed in it. To be frank, we can’t imagine why you’d be reading a blog on sump pump maintenance if you didn’t already have a sump pump that needed maintaining. Anyway, if you haven’t already had your sump pump professionally checked out, now is definitely the time to do it.
Timing is Everything
Most sump pumps are automatic systems. They activate when needed and spend the rest of the time in standby mode without any input from you, the homeowner. This is convenient, but it also means that if something starts to malfunction in the sump pump, you’re not going to notice right away. You (hopefully) don’t have to use your sump pump every week, which means that it may have been quite a while since the system was last activated. There’s plenty of problems that could have afflicted the sump pump since the last time it was used, from electrical issues to leaks.
You really don’t want to notice that your sump pump is dealing with issues only after your entire basement starts becoming an indoor swimming pool. Sump pumps are emergency systems. You’re likely only going to have yours on when you need it, and it can cause all kinds of havoc if the system doesn’t work properly when it needs to. That’s why it’s so important to schedule preventive maintenance for it.
Why Spring is Ideal
As with all systems, sump pumps are best checked out the season before they’re put to their heaviest use. You may not need to use your sump pump every month, or even every year, but when you do use it it’s likely going to be during the spring. Spring sump pump maintenance ensures that your sump pump is in the best possible condition before it might have to deal with some heavy water flow. It will resolve any preexisting issues that may be lurking in the system, and will ensure that the pump is as unlikely as possible to break down when you need it the most.
Of course, it’s better to have the system checked out later in the year than to skip it entirely. If you miss the spring window for maintenance, you should still have your system checked out by a professional at least once a year. If you want to get the most out of it, though, then spring is the time to do it.
Pipeworks Inc. offers a full range of sump pump maintenance services in Champaign, IL. If you need to get your sump pump ready for spring storms, then contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.