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Are you tired of dealing with a flooded basement every time it rains?

The Sump Pump

A sump pump is a crucial piece of equipment for keeping water out of your basement, but it needs to be properly maintained in order to function properly. Here at Top One Plumbing in Toronto, we want to help you ensure that your sump pump is ready to go when you need it.

First and foremost, it’s important to test your sump pump regularly. We recommend testing it at least once a year, ideally before the wet season in early spring. To test it, simply pour a bucket of water slowly into the sump pump. If the pump doesn’t turn on once the water reaches a certain level, it may be broken or clogged and in need of repair or replacement.

In addition to testing, it’s also important to keep your sump pump clean. Remove any debris, such as dirt, sand, or gravel, from the pump opening and ensure that the incoming drainage lines are not blocked. Check for any worn parts, such as the float switch which is the most common part that fails on a sump pump. Many manufacturers recommend replacing the float every two years.

The battery backup

Another tip to consider is installing a battery backup for your sump pump. This will ensure that it continues to function even during a power outage. Make sure to test the battery regularly by unplugging the pump.

If you notice any strange smells coming from your basement, rust on the pump, or loud noises, it may be time for a replacement. And, of course, if you notice water in your basement, it’s a clear sign that your sump pump is not doing its job and needs attention.

The maintenance

Even with regular maintenance, there is always a chance that your sump pump will fail. To protect yourself from costly water damage, consider purchasing water backup coverage. It may be an added expense, but it will give you peace of mind knowing that you’re covered in case of a sump pump failure.

Don’t wait for a storm to hit before checking on your sump pump. Take the time to maintain it properly and ensure that it’s ready to go when you need it. If you have any concerns or need assistance, our team at Top One Plumbing in Toronto is here to help. Contact us today for all of your sump pump needs.


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