Milton Fire News

Milton Fire Department reminds residents to check sump pumps this spring

Posted on Thursday March 21, 2019

News Release

The Milton Fire Department frequently responds 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 and in some cases can cause serious injury or death.

“The Milton Fire Department wants to remind residents that sump pumps have to deal with high volumes of water during the springtime due to rainy weather and moisture collecting in the ground from melting snow, “ said Dave Pratt, Fire Chief. “This is the time of year to confirm that you have a submersible sump pump and that it is set up correctly and operating properly.”

The Milton Fire Department has the following recommendations regarding sump pumps:

  • Choose a submersible pump as an alternative to a stem or column style of pump.
  • Keep the area around the pump free of all combustibles.
  • Ensure supply pipes to the pump are clear of clogs; the pit should be free of debris and the pump should kick on and off as intended.
  • Check sump pumps before it rains, at least once in the fall and once in the spring. Use a garden hose or a bucket of water to fill up the sump and make sure the pump starts, runs properly, drains water properly, and then switches off.
  • Keep submersible pumps level and column/stem pumps vertical.
  • Ensure the motor is not tilted as that may cause damage from internal overheating.
  • If there is any suspicion of malfunction with your sump pump, call for an inspection.

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