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What Not to Do With Your Sump Pump This Winter February 5, 2020

Danbury, Fairfield County
What Not to Do With Your Sump Pump This Winter, Danbury, Connecticut

From frozen pipes that burst open to torrential downpours, the winter presents a number of threats to the comfort of your home. However, your basement sump pump works hard to fight against them. With the proper care, you can rest easy knowing this mechanism is always up to the challenge. Therefore, you’ll want to avoid these sump pump mistakes all season long.

3 Sump Pump Mistakes to Avoid This Winter

1. Not Testing the Pump

At least once every year, it’s important to make sure your sump pump is working properly. Due to the melted snow, winter is an excellent time to schedule this annual assessment. Best of all, since the pump is designed to turn on as soon as it senses water flow, all you have to do is pour a few gallons in. The rising water should lift the float and trigger the pump, which drains the water from the basin. If it doesn’t, you should call for repair as soon as possible.

2. Forgetting Backup Power

sump pumpShould a winter storm roll through town, your home may experience a power outage. Without the voltage, your sump pump can’t drain your basement. That is why it’s wise to set up a backup generator or battery-powered sump pump. This will turn on as soon as the main power supply goes out, so your home steers clear of water damage.

3. Allowing Debris to Block the Basin

Although your sump pump is designed to take in water, it may also pick up any objects that are swept up by the rain or melting snow. Unfortunately, leaves, rocks, and household debris can clog the pump, blocking pipes or preventing the float switch from rising. Therefore, it’s crucial to inspect the basin for blockages at least once a month.



If you encounter any of these sump pump problems this winter, turn to Gary’s Pump Service of Danbury, CT. For over 40 years, this locally owned and operated company has been installing and repairing water wells and sump pumps, as well as conducting inspections. In addition to providing high-quality replacement parts, they also offer water treatment solutions. To learn more about their services, visit the website or call (203) 744-7826 to get a free estimate.

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