Sump Pump Care Tips for Residential Waterproofing

Sump Pump Care Tips for Residential Waterproofing

There are multiple important components to an effective waterproofing installation for your basement or crawl space foundation. Barrier Waterproofing Systems has developed unique and tested systems for protecting your home from moisture however, like most systems, if one part of the process fails, it will be unable to function properly. The component we will be talking about today is the sump pump. Here are some top tips for sump pump care to help keep it up and running properly. 

1. Check if it is Running

All you will need for checking if your sump pump is on and functional is to take a five-gallon bucket filled with water. Taking the cover off of the pump, begin pouring the water into it until you hear it activate. If the water does not activate the pump, you will want to investigate further possibly by calling your local waterproofing professionals. 

2. Clean Out Your Pump

If your sump pump is in an area that is more prone to taking in a lot of sediment, or is installed in a location that is surrounded with sediment, 

you will want to check periodically to make sure it is cleaned. This will be simple enough to do with a shop vacuum you can purchase from your local home improvement store. 

3. Be sure of your Battery Backup

One of the most fail-safe ways to make sure your sump pump stays up and running is to hook it up to a battery backup. You can install a secondary pump that runs off of the battery power that will switch on if the second pump fails like during a power outage.

Sump pump care is critical for that keeping your waterproofing system doing its job. If the sump pump doesn’t work correctly, the water will not be expelled via the system and will backup, causing flooding! Give Barrier Waterproofing Systems a call today at (615) 257-1060 | (931) 536-1168 to schedule an evaluation of your current sump pump or for a new installation.