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Sump Pump Maintenance Tips for Thornton?

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

A flooded basement is shown. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in Adams County.

Have you inspected and maintained your sump pump lately? According to a study done by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), 18 percent of sump pump failures were due to power outages, and another 40 percent of incidents involving sump pumps were due to clogged inlet screens or faulty float switches. 

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton responds to water damage emergencies in Thornton and other parts of Adams County, and we have restored many flooded basements over the years.

Here are some sump pump maintenance tips from the IBHS:

  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for sump pump maintenance. These vary from running the sump pump every two to three months to a yearly cleaning before the rainy season.
  • Inspect the pump by opening the lid and remove any debris blocking the water inlet screen
  • Pour about five gallons of water into the pump and watch the float valve rise
  • As the float valve rises, the pump should turn on, and water should discharge through the outlet pipe
  • Go outside and inspect the outlet pipe. Water should be flowing away from the home.
  • Contact a professional if the sump pump fails to operate during the inspection

Call Us!

When you need water damage restoration services for your Thornton home or business, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 720-223-8888.

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