Sump Pump Care – Maintenance Series

A submersible pump.

A submersible pump.

With spring just around the corner, it is important to make sure you are taking all available precautions to ensure a frustration-free thaw.

Basement flooding is a very annoying situation that can mean damage to your property. One of the best ways to make sure this doesn’t happen is by installing and properly maintaining a sump pump. For those that don’t have experience with them, a sump pump is used to direct water away from the foundation of your home. They are mainly used in areas where basement flooding is an issue.

For those that have sump pumps installed in their homes, sump pumps can save a lot of time, money and hassle by preventing basement flooding.

Like any machinery, sump pumps work most effectively when given a bit of routine maintenance. Here are some things to check this spring before the thaw gets into full swing:

  • Make sure your sump pump is working properly. If there isn’t enough water in the sump to activate it, add some to make sure your pump still turns on and off automatically.
  • When you’re checking your pump is the best time to check the high water alarm. Lift your float or activate the sensor to make sure the alarm still works properly.
  • If there is any debris in the sump pit, make sure it is removed.
  • Check your lines for any sign of corrosion. If there is any corrosion present then it is time to replace that part.
  • Make sure your drainage pipe is not clogged with debris. If you are in an area that is prone to routine freezing, make sure your pipes are draining fully to prevent them from freezing.
  • If you don’t already, make sure you have a battery backup. You want to make sure your sump pump is working during power outages.
  • Test your battery backup by unplugging your pump and adding water to the sump basin.

These are some basic guidelines for sump pump maintenance. If you notice anything that is not working properly it is important to have a professional come in and take a look. A failed sump pump can mean a huge hassle for you and your family, so don’t put it off; make sure you maintain your sump pump to keep it working at its best.

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