Is Your Sump Pump Ready for Heavy Rain?

Now is the time to inspect your sump pump system.

By Lee Service

Lee Mechanical / Home Service has provided plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical contracting and services for residential, commercial, and industrial needs to the Kenosha area and beyond since 1976.
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Sump pump maintenance is vital to the longevity of your home. Sump pump systems drain excess water that accumulates in a basin commonly found in the basement or crawlspace of your home.  

Some of the top reasons that sump pumps fail are: 

  • Power failure
  • A struck switch
  • Overwhelmed pump
  • Clogged or Frozen Discharge Pipe
  • Lack of Maintenance
  • Improper Installation

A properly working sump pump will help you to avoid costly damages all year by removing excess water from melting snow in the winter, and rain, throughout the year. Homeowners can catch many of the reasons pumps fail early with annual maintenance. The lifespan of your pump can be dependent on diligent yearly inspections and upkeep.

Now is the time to inspect your sump pump system.  

Here are simple steps:

  1. Pour water into your sump basin and make sure the pump float rises and the sump begins to pump.
  2. Inspect and clean the inlet screen on the sump pump.
  3. Look over your pump’s power cord, checking for damage or possible cracks.
  4. Make sure your pump switch is working correctly.

It is also essential to think about the possibility of power outages during bad weather and rainstorms. If your primary sump pump fails, a battery backup pump can be a lifesaver due to a power outage. Many battery-powered sump pump systems are as robust as your primary system and can run for up to 10 hours. Those 10 hours can save you from costly repairs and replacement costs.

Battery-operated sump pumps are also crucial during other instances. If your primary pump loses power when a circuit breaker is tripped, for example, your battery-operated pump will keep your home from experiencing water damage. Several backup sump pumps also include an alarm system that will alert you when your primary pump has stopped working. This alert can save a homeowner from severe damage and expenses that would have occurred if they hadn’t noticed their main pump ceased to function.

Lee is confident that whatever Mother Nature has in mind, we can equip your home to repel the water that may come calling through faulty excavation or a weak foundation, or just a nasty spring storm. We offer the most respected backup sump systems available.

The plumbing experts at Lee Home Service can help you decide on the perfect sump pump system for your home. Contact them today at or 262.657.9490, before the spring rains have a chance to cause damage to your home.