By Amy Laposha
This has been a record-breaking year for rainfall for all of us here in Kansas and Missouri this past spring and summer. Everyone will remember the spring and summer of 2017 as one of the wettest years in a very long time. Flooded basements were a common occurrence this year, when a lot of these homes have never flooded in past years. With that being said, if you own a sump pump, there are a couple of things you can do as a homeowner to keep your sump pump in good working order to prevent accumulated water away from your house and preventing costly repairs.
- Be sure that the sump pump is plugged in to a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlet and cord is in good shape
- Check the discharge line for clogs. Remove any blockages in the line by removing the air vent.
- Check the inlet screen which is also prone to clogging. Residue and debris can build up here as well.
- Make sure the pit that the pump sits in is clean. Mud, rocks and other debris could get in the way and clog the pump. Make sure the float is in good working order and unobstructed as well. This should be done 3-4 times per year.
- Test the pump if it hasn’t been used in a long time by pouring a bucket of water into the pit. This should trigger the float as the water level rises and the pump should then drain the water quickly. This should be done at least once a year.
- If your pump has a battery back-up system, you should replace the battery every couple of years to help insure its reliability when you may need it. Don’t take any chances!
Maintaining your sump pump could prevent a major homeowner headache, so be sure to inspect regularly!
About Amy Laposha
Kansas City Royals fan, Mom of one daughter and two sons, and Insurance Agent!
Direct Phone – 913-754-3812
Amy has been in the insurance industry for the past 16 years and has been part of the MAX family for the past 5 years. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, three children and granddaughter in Lee’s Summit, MO. She also does volunteer work at her church and loves cheering on her local sports teams (GO ROYALS), hiking, music and backyard BBQs.