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Fire crews frequently respond to potentially serious incidents of sump pumps overheating in residential homes. The severity of these incidents can result in thousands of dollars in financial losses for home owners or occupants, not to mention serious injury or death.
A sump pump is essential for your home to prevent flooding from water accumulation. However, they don’t always work the way you want them to, as with any type of equipment they can still break down from time to time. Here are some helpful tips to prevent sump pump fires in your home:
Choose a submersible pump as a safer alternative instead of a stem or column style of pump:
Not necessarily, but we would recommend that you have it serviced by a professional.
Check your sump pump before it rains, once in the spring and once in the fall. Use a garden hose or bucket of water to fill up the sump pump, make sure it starts, runs properly and sounds smooth, and then switches off.
Sump pumps have an average life expectancy of about 10 years depending on frequency of use.
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