April 17, 2024

Sump Pumps and Preparing for the Rainy Season


The spring season can mean heavy rainfall–even in arid Colorado. Last season, an unusually large amount of rainfall in the Denver metro caught many homeowners unprepared. They experienced an overwhelming amount of water flooding their basements. Some suffered extensive water damage.

Now is the time to make sure your home is ready for the spring runoff and rains that are sure to come.

How Sump Pumps Work

Water can flood your basement and excess moisture can create mold that is bad for your health. A sump pump may be a viable solution to avoid these issues. Sump pumps move water from your basement to an area a safe distance from your home, reducing the risk of water damage or necessary repairs. Sump pumps can also further protect your sewer line from being damaged by excessive rain.

The sump pump is installed in a constructed pit, called a basin. The pump has a sensor so when water reaches a certain level, the excess water is removed through a discharge line, called an effluent.

Types of Sump Pumps

There are four common types of sump pumps:

  • Submersible
  • Pedestal
  • Battery-operated backup
  • Water-powered backup

Selecting a sump pump with the appropriate amount of power is necessary and Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric recommends that you have a qualified plumber assess your system needs. A pump with insufficient power leaves you at risk of flooding, while too much power reduces the lifespan of the sump pump. After last season, ensure that your system is working and able to handle the influx of water before the rains come.

Sump Pump Maintenance

Applewood advises homeowners to have annual maintenance checks on your sump pump, especially if you notice unusual odors, noises, rust, or water in your basement. Test the sump pump in early spring to make sure it is functioning properly by pouring a bucket of water into the pump. It is also recommended to regularly clean the pump and check for worn parts, like the float switch.

Spring Maintenance Checklist

Other ways to prepare for the rainy spring season include:

  • Check for ice dams that prevent water runoff
  • Inspect your foundation for signs of cracking
  • Evaluate roof runoff and clean gutters
  • Consider scheduling a septic system check to prevent backups caused by groundwater infiltration
  • Install a backwater valve
  • Make sure your landscaping and property grading direct water away from the foundation
  • Have a professional inspection

Talk to a Sump Pump Expert Today

As the rainy season approaches, the importance of sump pumps cannot be overstated. Applewood wants homeowners to be prepared this spring. Install a sump pump and have a professional inspection annually to reduce your risk of flooding. Schedule your appointment with Applewood today.

Call  303-328-3060

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