Tricks To Keep That Sump Pump Working

By: Belinda Post
By: Belinda Post

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Nathan Houseman knows the pains of an overworked sump pump all too well.

"There was water all through here. We had damage all along the hallway into the bedroom," said Houseman. "It's wonderful when it works right."

When it doesn't, it's time to call a plumber.

"If people lose their sump pump the water has no place to go," said Greg Lee of Superior Plumbing. "Our guys literally keep boots in their trucks."

"It's the worst we've seen so far."

With record-breaking rain, Superior Plumbing has barely been able to keep sump pumps on the shelf.

"Even our vendors struggle to keep sump pumps in the market," said Lee. "People call looking for help. We're scrounging to do anything to keep things working."

Here are some tips from the pros to keep your sump pump working longer:

First, the pumped water should be thrown at least 25 feet away from your house.

Second, a fan can help keep a pump cool.

Third, make sure toys and other small objects are not blocking the filter or pump.

Finally, have a generator or back-up pump in case the power goes out.

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