Get a Plumber in Calgary to Help with Maintenance of the Sump Pump

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With the mild winter and an early onset of spring here in Calgary, it is easy to forget that the mountain snow melt and spring rains are yet to come. It is important to check your home’s sump pump, which is often forgotten for most of the year. However, once the snow melts or rain starts pouring, the sump pump is expected to be working to keep the basement from flooding. A little maintenance check will ensure that it is in good condition. If anything seems to be wrong, then a plumber in Calgary can help out and see what the problem is.


One of the first things to check is if the sump pump is plugged into a ground fault interrupter (GFI) outlet. This will turn the sump pump off if it gets wet, so check and see that this hasn’t happened and reset if necessary. The second thing is to check if the pump hasn’t moved. It’s also important to make sure that it is upright, or else it may not work properly and may not activate when the well is full. If the pump hasn’t run in a while, pouring water into it would help determine if the pump would still start and drain water.

One of the most vital parts of a sump pump is the float, which is also the most vulnerable. When doing the check wherein water is poured into the pit, the float should rise with the water. A major cause of problems with the float are debris. Cleaning the pit every now and then and removing any loose debris should be part of the maintenance check. If the pump does not seem to be working, the electrical connections should be checked, as well as if it is correctly plugged in.

Sump pumps are important for basement drainage and is especially important for houses that are susceptible to floods. A defective pump can mean a flooded basement. Homeowners who are experiencing problems with their pumps should get in touch with plumbers in Calgary, such as Son-Rise Plumbing, which could inspect the appliance and make the necessary repairs to ensure that it continues to drain water.

(Source: As spring is upon us, remember to check your home’s sump pump, Lambton Shield, March 18, 2015)

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