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Flooding is the Pits; Don’t Let your Sump Pump Pit be the Cause

Flooding is the Pits; Don’t Let your Sump Pump Pit be the Cause

That sump pump installed in your building, garage, or home plays an integral role in keeping your space dry.  If something goes wrong, you will probably have a flood to deal with, and nobody has time for that.

One way to prevent problems with your sump pump’s functionality is to clean out the pit periodically.

Sump pumps are designed to pump the rain and ground water that could cause flooding on your property into the sewage system.  This water is usually brought into a pit from the drainage system on your property.  Your sump pump sits in this pit and pumps the water out of the pit to the sewage system.    But your sump pump is not built to pump dirt and debris out of the pump, in fact, that dirt and debris can cause your pump not to work properly.

Dirt and debris can enter your pit through an open pit and/or in the water.  Some pits are left open and dirt and debris can easily fall or get knocked into the pit.  Placing a lid on top of your pit can definitely limit the amount of unwanted buildup in your pit.  But whether your pit is covered or not, the water entering the pit will carry some debris with it.  Ground water will obviously carry some soil with it and rain water will pick up dirt, soot, and other debris that is on the ground over which it flows to the drains.

As dirt and debris build up in the pit, they can block the intake of the pump, preventing it from being able to suck up the water.  The pump will continue to run because the water level is telling it that it needs to run but the water level won’t change.  This means that the pump will be constantly running and will eventually over heat and turn off, without performing its job.  Overheating can cause damage to the pump.  And a non-functioning pump can lead to flooding.

The simple solution: have your pit cleaned out periodically.  The size of your pit and the amount of water and debris entering your pit will help determine how often this cleaning should be.  Commercial properties may want to look at cleaning quarterly, while annually may be often enough for residential properties.

For help with cleaning or determining a good maintenance schedule, contact W. L. Gary Company today.

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