How would you like to save $1,000 for 10 minutes of your time?
Test your Sump Pump NOW before the rainy season starts.
Avoid a Disaster
The most common time for a sump pump to break down is after a few months of dry weather when it hasn’t worked much. Then the first heavy rain (or rains) hit, the pump doesn’t kick on, and suddenly you have a disaster on your hands — or on your spouse’s hands… which could be even worse for you!
If you have the usual deductible amount for homeowners insurance of $1,000, you could be out that first thousand as well as many hours of frustration as you try to save furniture, pictures, toys and lots of other family “treasures.” And then, there’s the added stress in your marriage because you didn’t foresee and prevent this disaster. Do you need more of that stress in your life?
How to Test the Pump
The simplest method for testing is to either dump a bucket of water into the sump where the pump is located, or to turn on a hose into the sump and watch as the water level comes up. If that pump doesn’t kick on when the float moves, you just saved $1,000! If it does, you know you won’t be spending $1,000. Either way — you are a winner.
The life of a sump pump depends on how often it runs and for how long. A reasonable time period is from 3 to 20 years, which is a pretty big range. The best bet if you have to rely on a sump pump, is to have a main pump and a backup pump. That way you can rotate a pump out when it stops working without having the disaster of a flood in your home. Both should be plugged into an outlet and also have a battery backup power source available. Good pumps can be purchased for a few hundred dollars, so even if you have to buy one every 3-5 years to prevent having a flood, that’s not a bad trade-off.
We can Help
If you need any assistance with electrical connections or with backup power for the sump pumps, contact us. We have been in business for over 35 years in the Indianapolis area, and we are experts at all types of electrical work.