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As storm season approaches Kansas City, homeowners are gearing up to protect their properties from potential flooding and water damage. One critical aspect often gets overlooked – the sump pump. The experts at Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning explain why sump pump maintenance is crucial during storm season and how it can save you from costly repairs down the line. 

 Why Sump Pump Maintenance Matters: 

 Your sump pump is the unsung hero of your home’s defense system against flooding. During heavy rains or storms, it works to pump out excess water from your basement or crawlspace, preventing costly water damage and mold growth. However, like any other mechanical device, sump pumps require regular maintenance to ensure they function optimally when you need them most. 

 Regular inspections and maintenance checks can: 

  • Detect and Address Issues Early: By identifying potential problems before they escalate, you can avoid unexpected breakdowns and costly repairs. 
  • Ensure Optimal Performance: A well-maintained sump pump operates more efficiently, saving you money on energy bills and extending its lifespan. 
  • Provide Peace of Mind: Knowing that your sump pump is in top condition offers peace of mind, allowing you to weather the storm with confidence. 
  • Reduce Fire Risk: This might seem strange but it’s the truth. Flooding is a big reason that electrical fires start. Water short-circuits those appliances in the basement like your water heater, furance, and washers and dryers. The sump pump is going to help with keeping the water down, which in turn reduces electrical fire risk. 

 To keep your sump pump in peak condition, follow these simple maintenance tips: 

  1. Test Your Sump Pump Regularly: Ensure that your sump pump is in working order by testing it at least once a year, preferably before the storm season begins. 
  1. Clean the Sump Pit: Remove any debris, dirt, or sediment from the sump pit to prevent clogs and ensure proper water flow. 
  1. Check the Discharge Pipe: Inspect the discharge pipe for any obstructions or damage that may impede water drainage. 
  1. Replace Backup Batteries: If your sump pump has a backup battery, make sure it’s fully charged and replace it if necessary to ensure uninterrupted operation during power outages. 

 From Lenexa to Shawnee, Overland Park to Olathe, and Blue Springs to Lee’s Summit – Kansas City relies on the trusted professionals at Polestar to deliver quality service at a fair price. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Invest in the maintenance of your sump pump now to avoid costly repairs and water damage later. With proper care and attention, your sump pump will continue to safeguard your home against flooding and ensure peace of mind during storm season and beyond. Call today at (913) 423-8827 to schedule your appointment with Polestar Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning today and stay ahead of the curve. 

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