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WHY CHECKING YOUR SUMP PUMP IS CRITICAL


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Checking Your Sump Pump Regularly Could Save Your Basement


If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, a sump pump is a critical component of your home's infrastructure. It is responsible for pumping excess water out of your basement or crawl space to prevent flooding and water damage. Sump pumps can break, so it's important to test them often.

Here are some reasons why testing your sump pump is so important:


1. Avoid Costly Water Damage

A malfunctioning sump pump can lead to water damage in your home. Water damage can be costly to repair, and it can also damage your personal belongings, leading to additional expenses. Testing your sump pump often can find problems early, preventing water damage and saving you money. 


Damage from clean water occurs most often as a result of a leaky faucet, toilet tank or water heater, and the water damage repair costs for clean water damage is typically around $3-4 dollars per square foot. Imagine this cost for an entire basement and you can quickly see how costly this can be for homeowners.


2. Ensure Your Safety

Excess water in your basement can be a safety hazard, especially if it comes into contact with electrical outlets or appliances. Additionally, standing water can create a breeding ground for mold and bacteria, which can be harmful to your health. Water that has come into contact with harmful chemicals or bacteria is known as either black water or gray water. 


  • Grey water is water that has come into contact with substances or chemicals that could be potentially harmful. Specific instances could include contact with food from a dishwasher or laundry detergent.

  • Black water is water that has come into contact with extremely harmful substances and bacteria like sewer or waste products.


Either type of water poses a threat to your family and should be avoided at all costs. Testing your sump pump keeps your home safe by removing excess water and protecting your family from potential dangers.


3. Increase the Lifespan of Your Sump Pump


When it comes to the health and efficiency of your home, preparation and regular check-ins are key. Regularly testing your sump pump can help identify any issues before they become major problems. Catching these issues early on can help extend the lifespan of your sump pump, saving you money on costly repairs or replacements. If you're ever wondering if your sump pump is working properly, contact a professional for a second opinion or free estimate.


4. Peace of Mind


Testing your sump pump regularly will give you peace of mind, knowing that your home is protected from flooding and water damage. It's always better to be proactive when it comes to home maintenance, and testing your sump pump is no exception. It's recommended to test your sump pump at least once a year or before the rainy season begins. If you're unsure how to test your sump pump, contact a professional like our sister company, All Star Service and Repair for assistance.


Our experienced technicians will diagnose your problem, explain the repair, and follow through. They are trained, licensed, and insured. Our services are backed by our 100% service guarantee and a ten year warranty. 

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