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If you’re like many homeowners in Northern Virginia you’ve installed a sump pump to protect your home from flooding.

Having a sump pump gives us peace of mind knowing we have protection against flooding— but don’t forget to make sure your sump pump is working!

How a Sump Pump Works

It is located at the lowest point of the home. Water enters the sump pit through pipes or the soil itself. A float or pressure switch is used to turn the pump on when the water level reaches a certain height. Some have alarms that will notify you if the water level rises too high. 

When the need arises, you want your sump pump working

Maintenance Tips for Your Sump Pump

  1. Check the condition of your pump’s cord and make sure it is properly connected.
  2. Inspect and clean the inlet screen and discharge pipe if it discharges to the outside.
  3. Make sure the float is clear of debris. You can dump a bucket of water into the pit to verify that the switch is working. The pump should turn on to empty the pit.
  4. If your pump has a battery backup, make sure the battery is good. 
  5. Going on vacation — check your pump before you leave!

If you have concerns about the operation or performance of your pump, give M.E. Flow in Alexandria, Leesburg or Winchester a call. 

If you are looking to protect your basement from flooding—then it’s time to talk to a professional plumber about installing a quality sump pump. Call us today or fill out the form on this page to request an estimate!