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Sump Pump

Homeowner Use and Maintenance Guidelines

If conditions on your lot made it appropriate, the foundation design includes a perimeter drain and sump pump. The perimeter drain runs around the foundation to gather water and channel it to the sump pit or crock. When the water reaches a certain level, the pump comes on and pumps the water out of your home. Read and follow the manufacturer's directions for the use and care of your sump pump.

 

Continuous Operation

The pump may run often or even continuously during a heavy storm or long periods of rain. This is normal under such conditions.

 

Discharge

Know where the discharge for your sump pump system is and keep the end of the drain clear of debris so that water can flow out easily.

 

Power Supply

The sump pump runs on electricity. If the power goes off, the pump cannot operate. Stormwater (not sewage) could then enter your basement. You may wish to install a backup system to guard against this possibility. Homeowner insurance does not usually cover damage to your property from this source; you may want to obtain a rider to cover this.

 

Roof Water

Ensure that roof water drains quickly away from the home to avoid circulating it through your sump pump. Keep downspout extensions or splash blocks in place to channel water away from your home. 

Routine Check

Periodically check to confirm the pump is plugged in, the circuit breaker is on, and the pump operates. To check the operation of your sump pump, pour five gallons of water into the sump pump crock (hole). The pump should come on and pump the water out. Follow this procedure once a year.

 

Trees and Shrubs

Avoid planting trees or shrubs with aggressive root growth patterns near your home’s foundation. The roots can make their way into the perimeter drain and eventually clog the system.

 

Parasol Limited Warranty Guidelines

During your orientation, we will discuss the sump pump and confirm it is operational. The pump is classified as an appliance and is warranted by the manufacturer.