Many homeowners throughout the Maryland area never think about their sump pump until it is too late. Your sump pump is your first line of defense from the water that can easily seep into your basement and cause damage with everything it touches. Whether you want to protect the integrity of your home or your belongings, a properly functioning sump pump is vital to the process.

The frequently asked questions about sump pumps can protect your home, belongings and your family from the dangers of mold growth in your home.

  • Sump Pump FAQ #1: Should a sump pump be checked or tested? Absolutely. Make sure the sump pump is not blocked, clogged or frozen and that the discharge pipes away from the home and substructure of the home. Head inside and pop the top or lid of the sump pump, if your model has one, and check the inside for obvious obstructions or other signs of trouble. If you find signs of trouble present, contact a professional sump pump service for assistance.
  • Sump Pump FAQ #2: Will a frozen pipe cause my sump pump to break? This depends on the type, make, model and age of the sump pump in question. For example, newer models of sump pumps have built-in protection against freezing. If the motor gets too hot because of the frozen pipe, a relay is tripped and the motor is shut off immediately. You should let the sump pump reset itself for at least 15 minutes, but no more than 30.
  • Sump pump FAQ #3: Is there a right size sump pump for my house? Not really. The size of an efficient sump pump for your Maryland home is dependent upon many factors such as the size of the home, the depth of the basement and the depth to the groundwater along with others. Typically a 1/3 horsepower sump pump is adequate for most homes.

For more information on how to protect your Maryland home, contact the sump pump professionals at Basement Waterproofing Nationwide today.