Homes that have basements have sump pumps making sure there is no flooding from a sewer backup or groundwater. These tools are extremely vital for homes if you want to avoid needing water disaster restoration in Charleston, but not every homeowner understands how their sump pump works or how to take care of them to ensure proper drainage. If you are a new homeowner or a homeowner new to sump pumps, here are some mistakes that you could make with the sump pump that will leave you stranded.

  1. No Backup Power Source: If your home loses power in a storm, the sump pump will stop working unless you have a generator in place or a battery backup system. Storms can often produce flooding that lasts for days so a working sump pump is vital for keeping water out of your home. If you rely on a battery-powered source of electricity for backup, make sure you also have batteries to last several days.
  2. Biannual Testing: To make sure your sump pump is in good working order you need to test it at least twice per year. Simply pour water slowly into the sump pit until the pump activates. If the pit does not start emptying or is draining slower than usual, you will need to check for clogs in the discharge pipe or the pump.
  3. Covering the Sump Pump: Using your basement for storage is common, but you must make sure no boxes, furniture or other items cover the sump pump pit otherwise drainage will not be possible. Make sure the area around the pump stays clear and there is never any dirt or debris surrounding the pump area.

Sump pump failure is one of the top reasons why homeowners end up needing water disaster restoration in Charleston. Flooding, bad storms, and even rising groundwater can all be tolerated by your home’s foundation—until your sump pump fails.

Sometimes no matter how hard you try, you cannot avoid needing water disaster restoration in Charleston. When you have experienced flooding, Call ServiceMaster of Charleston at 843-376-6659.