When you own a home with a basement, keeping it dry is absolutely essential. Many homeowners choose to install a sump pump to remove any moisture that may leak into the area. Sump pumps can work fantastic and have prevented many floods, but you can't just buy a sump pump and forget about it. If you're having a sump pump installed in your home, avoid the following common mistakes:
Not Buying a Submersible Sump Pump
It is highly recommended that homeowners purchase a submersible sump pump that can be placed inside the sump basin. This can be very beneficial if you have a finished basement that you use as a living space, since submersible sump pumps tend to make less noise than other types of sump pumps. When you have a submersible sump pump, you can also place an airtight lid over the sump basin. Doing so will trap moisture inside the sump basin and prevent your basement from feeling damp or smelling musty.
Neglecting to Test Your Sump Pump
It is very important to get in the habit of turning on your sump pump and testing it on a regular basis to ensure that it is operating properly. The last thing you want is to discover that your sump pump has stopped working when water is leaking into your basement. Regular testing will give you time to have repairs made if needed.
Failing to Have a Back-Up Plan
If you have an electrical sump pump, don't make the mistake of not having a back-up source of power. If there is heavy rain or an extremely strong storm in your area, your home can lose power and your sump pump won't be able to run. It is a good idea to purchase a battery pack that can be used with a sump pump in the case of emergencies, or have a generator on hand to power the sump pump when your home's electricity goes out.
Forgetting to Check the Discharge Pipe
Your sump pump pumps water through a discharge pipe that disposes the water outside of your home. If your discharge pipe becomes clogged or broken, your sump pump will not be able to remove water properly. Make sure that you don't forget to inspect the end of your discharge pipe outside you home—make sure that it is clear of debris and that water can flow out. If you suspect that there may be an interior clog or crack in the discharge pipe, contact a professional for assistance.