Roger The Plumber, a residential plumbing and HVAC services company, recommends scheduling sump pump maintenance in light of anticipated flooding during the upcoming rainy season.

The sump pump is an electrically operated water pump located in a lined hole called a sump pit, and is designed to automatically turn on and expel water once the water level in the pit reaches a certain level. The pump protects the home 24/7 from flooding.

Homes located in areas with much groundwater need a sump pump to continuously protect the home from groundwater intrusion. The sump pump automatically activates when necessary, and isn’t a cause for concern. Another use case scenario for the sump pump is in the event of unexpected flooding. High quality sump pumps are capable of removing 4,000 to 5,000 gallons of water per hour.

To ensure a sump pump continues to function properly and efficiently, homeowners should schedule professional maintenance. Roger The Plumber General Manager Hunter Hamilton recommends scheduling sump pump maintenance at the beginning of the spring season or at the end of the winter season, when groundwater rises in response to melting snow and heavy rainfall.

“The sump pump is typically located in the basement or crawl space and should be inspected by a trained plumber,” says Hamilton. “Our team of licensed plumbers are equipped with advanced gear to make the necessary inspection and repairs quickly and professionally.” 

During an inspection, the team will check to make sure the sump pump turns on, shuts off, and starts and stops at a normal frequency. In some cases, Roger The Plumber will recommend replacing the sump pump.