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Sump Pumps and El Ni ñ o

El Niño is a climatic event that occurs when warmer-than-average ocean temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean impact normal weather patterns. Although California has been experiencing a drought, 2015’s El Niño is slated to become an extreme storm, bringing excessive rains to the state this winter that could cause significant flooding. If you have a sump pump, it’s a good time to have it cleaned and inspected by your local plumber; if you don’t, now is the perfect time to talk to your plumber near San Jose, CA, at Cupertino Plumbing about sump pump installation.

How a Sump Pump Can Save Your Home

Flooding rains and even plumbing leaks can cause water to accumulate quickly in your basement. While you can turn off your water main to halt a major plumbing issue, the rain expected from El Niño can’t be stopped. Installing a sump pump is one of the very best ways to protect your home from flooding caused by this excessive rain.

  • Sump pumps are set in a sump pit, which absorbs water from the surrounding ground. When normal drainage is not sufficient, the pit begins to fill, which activates the sump pump; the appliance then actively pumps water out of your home before it can cause a flood.
  • A sump pump will activate whether you are home or not, and also whether you are awake or not. This provides consistent, round-the-clock protection against flooding for your home, especially when storms can occur at any time.
  • Your sump pump can be hooked up to an alternate power source, such as an emergency battery, to ensure it continues working even if the power in your home goes out.

Maintaining Your Sump Pump

Because you rely on your sump pump to protect your home from floods, it’s important to maintain this essential piece of plumbing equipment. Your plumbing service can help you by providing information and assistance to keep your sump pump running at peak capacity.

  • Have your plumber check and clean your sump pump at least once a year. If you haven’t had your sump pump checked yet this year, now is a good time to schedule a maintenance visit.
  • You can test your sump pump by adding water to your sump pit to activate the pump. Watch to make sure the pump runs properly, then shuts off when the additional water is gone—if there is a problem, call your plumbing service immediately.

Are you prepared for El Niño? You can find out more about installing or maintaining your sump pump near San Jose, CA, to enhance your home’s drainage system and prevent flooding by calling Cupertino Plumbing at (408) 253-0618 today.