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Is my drainage system overloading my sump pump?

WP Law - Thursday, July 02, 2015

When you need to troubleshoot your irrigation pump, here are some options to consider in the process:

Sump Pump

Are you worried that your drainage system is causing your sewage or sump pump to be overworked? Have you begun to envision water seeping into your basement? Before you begin to panic, read the rest of this post. We have gathered together the top three causes for sump pump or sewage pump overload.

Top Three Signs Your Sump Pump Has Reached Capacity

Before your sump pump fails right when you need it most, here are three telltale signs.

1. Power Failure

A power outage is one of the most common signs that a sump pump has failed. To prevent this disastrous situation, make sure that you install a back-up generator to operate your sump pump in case of a power outage.

2. The Sump Pump is the Wrong Size

If a sump pump is the wrong size, then it will be easily overworked. When the pump is too large, it can turn on and off too frequently and short-cycle, which results in a shorter product lifespan. However, if your sump pump is too small for the tasks at hand, then you won't be able to adequately remove the water. To find the perfect sized sump pump ask for help from a team of experts, like W.P. Law, Inc.

3. Lack of Maintenance

A sump pump that has been neglected is bound to break down when you need it most. Keep the following maintenance tips in mind, so that your sump pump can continue to function properly.

  • Test your sump pump on a regular basis. Make sure that it is properly discharging water.
  • Make sure that the operation of the float is not restricted.
  • Double check that the air hole in the discharge line is clean.
  • Replace the battery on your back-up sump pump every two years.
  • Listen for any unusual sounds when the motor is running.
  • Follow all listed manufacturer maintenance instructions.

Before, during, and after periods of heavy rainfall make sure that your drainage system is not over working your sump pump. By taking these precautionary measures, you can keep your sump pump properly functioning for years to come. To learn more about installing a sump pump, or to answer any additional drainage system questions, contact a member of W.P. Law today. The W.P. Law team of drainage experts is standing by to answer any of your questions.

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