Sump Pump Time

Sump Pump Pit

Sump Pump Time

Spring is coming quick, and so is the snow melt!  Are you ready for another wet spring?  According to the National Weather Service, Fargo/Moorhead has great chance of major flooding this spring.

The last snow storm on Thursday, March 14th, didn’t impact Fargo/Moorhead.  But there is a lot of snow to melt, and if we get rain over the coming weeks, it’ll be a wet one!

So now is the time to make sure your sump pump is working.  We have put a few tips for inspecting your pump and the lines.

How to Inspect your Sump Pump:

  1.  Make sure your discharge hose outside is not frozen.
    1. If it is frozen, bring indoors to thaw out, or go buy a new one.  They are pretty inexpensive.  If you are going to thaw it out indoors, make sure you do it in the basement near a floor drain!
  2. Check to make sure the breaker is on.
  3. Test It
    1. If the pit does not have enough water in it, use a bucket to fill it up so the pump will engage (run).
  4. Check all fittings
    1. Double check all the fittings are not leaking.  If they are leaking, or spraying, replace them immediately.

If you have a Radon Mitigation System installed in your house, this will be a bit trickier.  Most installers place the pipe for the radon system inside the sump pit.  In order for the system to work correctly, everything has to be sealed.  The pit cover should have a viewing port hole on it, which allows you to see your pump and the water level.  Just make sure that if you do open the cover, that it is properly sealed afterwards.  Otherwise, the Radon Mitigation system will not operate correctly, thus allowing radon gas to enter the home!  If you have any questions, you should contact the company that installed it, or call us to come and take a look for you.

One last reminder,  if you live in Fargo and are discharging your sump pit into the city sewer, you have until March 31st, to switch it to pump outdoors.  If you keep discharging it in the city sewer after this, you may get a fine…and add to overloading problems with the sewer system that typically occurs during flood season.