According to FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the number one natural disaster in the U.S. is flooding. If you are a business owner, a flood can cause lots of damage to your property and can cost thousands or millions of dollars in damage.
Industrial and commercial sump pump systems are essential for any commercial building with a basement. A sump pump is designed to prevent an area from flooding by constantly removing water from the area before it can rise.
Have the spring showers got your commercial sump pump working overtime? If you have a commercial property with a sump pump, it is essential to check it is working properly and do some spring maintenance during this wet time of year.
Checking your commercial sump pump monthly can help you avoid costly flooding. Use our easy to follow list to ensure your pump is working properly.
- Check the pit of your sump to insure it is clear of gravel, silt and other debris.
- Don’t sit the pump directly on gravel or silt.
- Level the bottom of the pit so the pump can be positioned properly.
- Check the pump for build up around the suction inlet screen and remove any corrosion.
- Make sure the pump does not move across the pit during operation.
- Examine the float switch to make sure nothing obstructs its movement.
- Fit the cover properly to avoid debris from entering the pump. (If you have a radon-sealed sump pit cover, you may need a licensed plumber or radon expert to properly seal it.)
- Monitor the pump cycles during heavy usage. This will help you determine if your pump is correctly sized for your basement's water volume.
- Check the power source to be sure your sump pump is on a dedicated circuit breaker and electrical outlet and that it can’t be accidently unplugged.
- Check the indoor pipes for leaks.
- Check the valves for any reverse, backflow issues.
- Examine the outdoor pipes to insure output is away from the foundation and won’t recycle back to the pump. If the discharge pipe connects to a hub for a gutter downspout, install an air gap so that water can escape if the pipe gets clogged or freezes.
- Install a water alarm to alert you should the water level get too high.
- Install a backup sump pump in case your pump fails for any reason. Battery backups are a great option in case of power failures.
Ohio Plumbing & Boiler is the Columbus and Central Ohio leader in commercial sump pump installation and service. We can diagnose the problems with your sump pump or recommend a new pump that would better serve your water elimination needs. We install, repair, and replace submersible and pedestal pumps. Call 614-863-6666 to learn more.
Sump pumps are available in stainless steel, bronze and cast iron constructions with TEFC motors in 1/3 through 3/4 HP for proper pump selection in most applications.