Tips to Help Prevent Your Sump Pump from Failing You

April 1, 2015 at 9:00 AM | Posted in Home, Insurance Policy, Safety Tips | Leave a comment
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As warmer temperatures rise, some people are finding their sump pumps working in over-drive. There are several reasons, from a power outage to old age, that may cause your sump pump to fail you when you need it the most. The following tips might help prevent this from happening:

  1. Invest in a sump pump that is at least 1/3 horsepower that is capable of pumping 35 gallons of water per minute. If you are located in an area with a higher water table, you may want to choose a 1/2 horsepower pump which can usually pump about 60 gallons per minute. Either way, you definitely want to purchase a pump that has a battery backup in the event of a power outage.
  2. There are several different types of sump float switches. Plumbers recommend a vertical float because tethered floats are notorious for getting stuck.
  3. Make sure that the sump discharge pipe is pitched properly to avoid water from collecting and freezing. The result of this could be a blockage of the pipe, forcing the water to fall back into your sump pit and eventually onto your basement floor.
  4. Sump pumps should be replaced every five to seven years.

Homeowner insurance does not automatically cover water damage due to sump pump failure. However, most companies will add a limited amount of coverage to your policy for an additional cost. As seasons change, exposure to potential losses vary. To review your policy and make sure you have the proper coverage in place, contact us today at 1-888-850-9400.




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