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Sump Pumps

With spring upon us it is the most likely time of year to find out that your sump pump has left you high and dry (or the opposite).  Now sump pumps drain ground water around your house one of two ways.  1st they pump out to the exterior of your house and water either is re-absorbed by the ground or runs to the city storm system.  The other is the water runs up and over the foundation wall and will drain down a storm stack that has been roughed in during the construction of your home.  The second tends to be more successful at removing water permanently from your home. When it comes to running a drainage hose across your lawn, make sure you have it ready for the thaw! If you don’t you could see the water pumping out, and running back down the wall of the foundation, through the weeping tile and directly back to your sump pail with zero progress and a waste of electricity.  It is important to check and confirm the sump pump is operational multiple times a year.  I recommend to my customers to check it quarterly when they change the filter on their furnace. If you coincide this with the first day of the new season, it tends to be a good reminder of when to take 5 minutes and verify the pump runs.  All you have to do is confirm power to the pump and lift the float valve to hear the pump turn on.  Hopefully this helps and give us a call if your pump doesn’t work before the ground water starts to infiltrate your basement.

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