Protecting your home is a smart way of protecting your asset and can help earn you top dollar when you decide to sell. With the imminent return of the rain here in the Pacific Northwest, it is a good time to start talking about the issue of water in your home and preventing any potential water damage. In this series, we will look at different ways that you can prevent unexpected accidents starting with your sump pump.
When people move to the Pacific Northwest from other areas, they are often unfamiliar with sump pumps. In short, a sump pump removes accumulated water – generally from basements or crawl spaces underneath a home. It is a device that is popularly used in residential homes in the Pacific Northwest to help keep crawl spaces dry, which is vital for home maintenance and preventative care. A wet crawl space can lead to many problems in a home from rotting wood to air pollution and mold.
All that sounds great, but, how do you know if your sump pump is doing its job?
Check for standing water
Once the rainy seasons begins, the easiest way to see if your sump pump is working is to check your basement/crawl space. Is it dry, or is there moisture or standing water? If there is standing water, it is a sure sign that your sump pump is not working correctly, and further investigation is imperative.
Check hose for cracks
There are two different types of pipes used for discharge of the water – hard PVC style pipes, and flexible plastic pipes. While the latter is perfectly fine to use, it is cheaper, and known for cracking over time. If your pipe is cracked, then all the water that your sump pump is trying to expel is coming right back into your crawl space.
Check the drain
Sump pumps are usually hooked up to underground pipes that bring the water to the street or sewer. Check to ensure that the pipes are clear from debris that would make the sump pump unable to drain the water away from the property.
Manually start sump pump
Now that you have checked everything else, you want to see if the pump itself is working. Sump pumps work by a mechanical float so that once water reaches a certain point, the pump motor kicks on. To test, you can manually lift the float to see if the pump turns on. After that, you can add water to the pump basin, and make sure that the pump is extracting the water.
Water damage can be a serious problem for homeowners. But, with preventative maintenance, many of those issues can be dealt with before there is a problem.
Do you like this series? What other home maintenance tips or home value improvements would you like to learn more about?