Your Sump Pump & You

Tips to help keep your sump pump pumping when you need it most

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A sump pump is a device used to remove accumulating water, most commonly found in the basement/lower level of homes, and is generally self-sufficient. However, there are times when your sump pump may need some extra assistance, most likely during a strong storm when there may be water flooding into the lower level or basement of your home. Check out the below tips to help you ensure your sump pump keeps properly pumping, and your feet and home dry:

Check the Line: Water runs from your sump pump through a hose or pipe to the outside. Sometimes debris can get stuck in the line, so it’s helpful to fill the pump hole with water and watch to make sure it flushes easily. Routinely check that water is running away from your house, not back into it.

Make a List & Check the Manual: Create a “Care & Maintenance” list for your sump pump, and reference your owner’s manual. The owner’s manual will help you identify any issues you may be having, as each sump pump functions a little differently depending on the model, age, location, etc. Keep track of what you learn about how your sump pump reacts so you’ll have a better idea of how much attention is needed to keep it running smoothly.

Backup Power: Your sump pump needs power to run. Ironically, you’re most likely to lose power during the times you need your sump pump working hardest, so it’s beneficial to consider having some form of battery backup or generator.

Keep it Clean: After a storm, debris can build up and clog your sump pump. Check the filter and under the lid to make sure you’re debris free after a storm.

Inspect the Float and Switch: The float works much like the one found in a toilet tank. If the float seems to be working, but you’re still having issues, the problem may lie with the float switch.

Cover Your Assets: Even when treated with the best of care, there’s always a chance that your sump pump won’t pull through when you need it most. That’s why it’s advised to add sump pump overflow or sewer backup coverage to your homeowners policy in the event your home takes on unwanted water while your sump pump is down.


Contact your local Marsh & McLennan Agency consultant to review your policy, and learn more ways you can keep your assets protected.

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