Sump Pump

What to Know About Sump Pump Maintenance

Sump pumps are devices meant to prevent water damage in homes. They are especially important for areas that flood and homes that have basements. This device works by pulling extra water into the sump pit and pumping it out away from the foundation of the home. Regular maintenance is important to ensure it functions well when you need it. 

Regular Inspections

Scheduling regular inspections at least once each year is important. When possible, this should happen before the rainy season. Having a sump pump inspected can help you find possible issues early to prevent water damage and expensive repairs. Look for signs of wear and tear like corrosion, rust, or damage to the pump, the discharge line, or the float switch. Make sure the pump sits upright in the basin and the power cord is working well.

Testing the Pump

Regular testing of the sump pump is a must. Just pour a bucket of water into the sump pit until the float moves up and the pump is triggered. This should cause the pump to start and you’ll hear water moving out the discharge pipe. Listen for any strange noises that indicate an issue. If the pump doesn’t turn on, make sure it’s plugged in and the circuit breaker isn’t tripper.

Cleaning the Sump Pit

As time goes on, the sump pit may start to fill with gravel, dirt, and sand. This can clog things and make the pump less efficient. Once a year, remove the pump and drain the pit completely. You can also clean the islet screen to avoid blockages. This will help the pump last longer and run more smoothly.

Check the Discharge Line

The discharge line moves water from the pump to outside your house. Make sure it’s always clear of obstructions and is directly away from your home’s foundation. During the winter months, make sure the line isn’t frozen or clogged with ice, which will make the pump fail.

Professional Maintenance

There are many parts of sump pump maintenance you can do on your own, but professionals can also be useful. A technician can do a full check, including testing the pump under various conditions and examining the electrical wiring, to diagnose things that you may not be able to.

Maintaining a sump pump is important. It can make it last longer while protecting your home from water damage. When you follow the tips above, you can be sure the sump pump is ready to operate well anytime you need it. This is a source of peace of mind when the weather is wet outside. Contact us today to learn more!

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