Take Care Of Your Sump So You’re Not A Grump!

Summer is not only a time for fun in the sun, but a time to stay aware during storm season. In the world of
insurance and home ownership, the risk of severe weather always brings about anxiety for fear of the worst.
Although we cannot stop severe weather, we can try to avoid damage to property by being prepared.

Sump pumps are a very common fixture in homes with basements and lower levels. A properly working sump
pump can provide a great advantage for homeowners during heavy rains. However, The American Society of
Home Inspectors conducted a study that showed that more than 60% of American homes suffer from
underground water or moisture damage. As you probably know, it doesn’t always take a large amount of
water to create a large issue.

Sump pumps are a great way to keep your basement dry. It is very important to maintain your sump pump to
ensure it keeps working properly. Below are seven main reasons that sump pumps fail.

  1. Power outage
  2. Wrong size sump pump
  3. Improper installation
  4. Switch problems
  5. Lack of maintenance
  6. Frozen or clogged discharge lines
  7. Product defect

To keep your sump pump working to the best of its ability, it is recommended that:

  • You have battery backup for your sump pump so it continues to work even during power outages
  • Take the proper steps to make sure size and installation are correct for your property
  • Complete proper maintenance quarterly on your sump pump

Proper maintenance includes:

  • Pour a white vinegar solution (1/4 units vinegar to 3/4 units water) through your sump pump system. This will help to clean the pump and eliminate any build-up.
  • Clean all vents and air holes
  • Be sure battery backup has properly functioning batteries

We hope your sump pump continues to work through all the rain this storm season! If the unfortunate incident of a failure occurs, please keep NCRI in mind!