what you can do to reduce heating costs

what you can do to reduce heating costs

Are You Inspecting Your Sump Pump Properly?

by Mia Kuhn

Your sump pump has a very important role in your home. When water starts flowing in, its proper function can mean the difference between a damp basement floor and tens of thousands of dollars in flood damage. Yet, many homeowners don't take the time to properly inspect their sump pump and ensure it is functioning properly. Taking these steps on a monthly basis helps ensure that when you need your sump pump, it's ready and waiting to do its job.

Clean out the pit.

Make sure there's no debris in the pit where your sump pump lies. If there are any big clumps of dirt, toys, or pieces of paper in the pit, they could clog up the pump and keep it from doing its job. Just look in the pit and fish out any stray objects.

Check the discharge line

If the big pipe that carries the water out of the home clogs, the water may back up into your basement. So, dump a bucket of water into your sump pump pit, and make sure it is ejected out the discharge line. If there seems to be a clog in the discharge pipe, you can usually remove it by pushing the handle of a rake or shovel into the line to break up the dirt or leaves that are forming the clog. In the case of severe clogs, you might be better off just detaching the pipe and putting a new one on.

Also check that the water ejected from the discharge pipe flows away from your home. If the area where the water is discharged is not sloped downward away from your home, the water may flow back into your basement. Consider building up this area into more of a hill to improve drainage.

Look at the float

When you pour that bucket of water into the pump pit, make sure the float (which looks like a round, bobbing piece of plastic or rubber) rises to the top of the water properly. The float is what triggers the pump to switch on, so if it is stuck or wrapped around something, your sump pump won't work.

Checking your sump pump's function once a month ensures any issues are identified. If the pump does not eject water from your home as soon as it's poured in, contact a professional like those found at Jamison  Well Drilling Inc. There may be problems with the motor or the electrical connections.


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what you can do to reduce heating costs

Does your heating bill send you into a state of shock? If so, now is the time for you to begin making changes to your home to bring the cost of heating your home down. In years past, my heating bill was actually more than my mortgage was. It really made getting through the winter difficult for my family. I decided to do something about the high bills. I started with insulation, then invested in some new windows, and I also changed the way that we used our utilities. You can learn everything that I did to reduce my heating bill so that you can cut your heating bill as well.

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