May 2016

Is Your Sump Pump Ready For All The Rain in Cincinnati?

Sump Pump Cincinnati RainIt’s been a wet spring in the Cincinnati area, which has been great for the grass and all the spring flowers. But it hasn’t been too great for basements and crawl spaces.

All of this rain increases the odds of flooding, and you don’t think of it too much until you have a problem with flooding.

Luckily, a lot of homeowners have sump pumps in their basements, but there are some things you can do to make sure they stay up and running.

How Old Is Your Sump Pump?

Sump pumps usually have a lifespan around 10 years or so. With the weather we have in Cincinnati, there is a good chance that your sump pump gets regular work. If your sump pump is over 10 years old, there is a good chance you are on borrowed time. Even if it is working, plan to have it replaced soon so you don’t have a failure at the worst possible time.

Have You Ever Actually Inspected Your Sump Pump?

For homes that have a sump pump, you will have a pit somewhere in a corner of your basement. Remove the pit cover and take a look inside. If your sump pump looks rusty and ancient, it’s probably a good idea to just have it replaced.

If it’s a sump pump that has a float on it, make sure the float is not stuck or rubbing against the side of the sump pump pit. That float is what triggers the on/off switch, so if it cannot move your pump may not turn on.

Has Your Power Ever Gone Out in a Storm?

The odds are good in Cincinnati that your power may have gone out before during one of our incredible thunderstorms. The big problem is that your sump pump works on electricity, so if the power is out so is your ability to pump water out of your basement.

Battery backup systems are available for your sump pump, and they allow your sump pump to operate even if the power is out.

Herrmann Services offers service and maintenance for sump pumps, and we can even replace them and install a battery backup system.

Contact us with any questions at 513-737-8423!