Tip of the Month:
 
The rainy season is upon us. It is a good idea to check your sump pumps and back up sump pumps to make sure they are working properly.

There are different ways to check your sump pump.
  1. Add water to the sump pit until you hear the pump engage.
  2. Sometimes just shaking the PVC pipe coming out of the pit will engage the pump.
  3. You may lift the float attached to the side of the sump pump manually (a coat hanger can help you reach it more easily).
There are different ways to test a battery back-up pump.
  1. Unplug the standard sump pump and add water to the sump pit until you hear the back-up sump pump engage.
  2. Lift the float on the back-up sump pump.
  3. Some back-up sump pump models have a test button on them.
After checking the back-up sump pump operation, you should inspect the battery. First check to see if there is any corrosion on the battery posts or the cables leading to the pump. If your battery is not a maintenance free battery, it is a good idea to check the water level at least four times a year. You can do this by removing the cap off the top of the battery and adding tap water until the levels reach the fill line. Be careful not to look directly into the battery while filling it or get any of the acid in the battery on your skin or clothing.