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Overland Park Home Maintenance: Check Your Sump Pump

We’ve had more rain this year than most. Now is the time to check your sump pump to make sure it’s doing its job. Do you have a sump pump and do you know if it’s working?

What is the purpose of the sump pump?

Your sump pump is designed to help keep the water under your house out and to prevent your home from flooding. It is a small pump that is installed in the lowest part of your basement in a sump pit. When water enters the pit, the pump’s job is to pump the water out. The water will usually be directed out the side of your home.

With spring rains upon us, take time this weekend to make sure your sump pump is working properly. Many of the houses I sell have a non-working sump pump much to the seller’s dismay. Home inspectors recommend installing a battery back-up for the sump pump should it stop working.

Other than hearing it run periodically or seeing water gushing out through the pipe on the side of the house, many homeowners have no clue whether or not their sump pump is working.

Here are 3 things you can do to check it:

  1. Remove the cover from the sump pump
  2. Making sure the drain hose is connected, slowly pour water into the pit
  3. Fill the sump pit until the float rises high enough to activate the pump

Bottom Line

If your sump pump isn’t working and if you need a referral to someone who can service or replace it, contact me first. Let me see if they are on Melinda’s DO NOT CALL LIST of unprofessional, rip-off artists (many of whom advertise incessantly on television and radio). You can call me direct at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here.

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