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Sump pumps and sewers

A sump pump device can help you prevent basement flooding. If working properly, it pumps out water from your basement to the yard.

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What causes water damage?

  • When the pump doesn’t collect water due to mechanical breakdown.
  • When the pump doesn’t function because of electrical power outage.
  • When there’s an overflow of water from public water mains or sewer back-up.

Maintenance tips:

  • Run and test your sump pump regularly. Pour water on the drain in the pump to activate it.
  • Listen for strange noises coming from the motor.
  • If you notice oil on the surface of the water in your sump pump, verify the oil seal. Leaking oil can cause the motor to burn out.
  • Replace the battery on your sump pump regularly.
  • Install a sewer backwater valve. Some municipalities may offer incentives to help offset your costs.