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Prep your sump pump for winter

Man Spraying Basement Cracks

If you live in one of the many communities along the Atlantic Coast that is prone to regular flooding, there is a good chance that your basement is equipped with a sump pump. These devices help prevent especially moist areas of the home stay dry by pumping any water that builds up on the floor out of your home.

For some reason, a perfectly functional sump pump has yet to be developed. Despite all of the great technological advancements of the past century, an efficient way to keep basements dry without regular maintenance has not been one of them.

To begin with, these devices are hooked up to drainage systems that are placed in the concrete floor of your home's basement. This means that when winter comes about and the ground freezes, you're sump pump will be privy to a host of potential damage.

First off, if the sump pump was clogged to begin with at the start of the cold season, that means that water may be trapped within the device. Once temperatures go below freezing and that water turns to ice, it may put pressure on the mechanism that could cause it to fracture. When the ground thaws out come spring and groundwater builds up in your basement, your sump pump will be essentially useless and your basement will surely flood.

Take the initiative before winter hits the region with full force. Inspect your sump pump for any damage immediately to make sure that its functionality hasn't already been compromised. This mean you may have to uncover the pump and look in to make sure there isn't already a pool of dirty water in the unit.

About John C. Flood
At John C. Flood, we are committed to a standard of excellence and quality that no other Fairfax, VA plumber can offer. With more than 100 years experience providing plumbing, air conditioning and electrical contracting, we have unmatched skill and expertise satisfying our many area customers.

We also offer energy saving Management Plans that will save customers on utility expenses in the long run, which will be a big help going into the expensive holiday season. We are open seven days a week and offer customers regular rates no matter when they need us to stop by their home or business.