How to Perform Proper Maintenance on a Sump Pump

How to Perform Proper Maintenance on a Sump Pump

Avoid a flooded basement with these sump pump maintenance tips.

A flooded basement is probably one of the top nightmares of every homeowner, but it is especially bad when you are blindsided by it because you had waterproofed your basement. One of the integral parts of almost any waterproofing system is the sump pump, and like any other appliance in your home, it needs care and maintenance. If you don’t take the time to make sure it is in working order, you may find that it has gone kaput at the worst possible time. Instead, find time for these five maintenance steps this fall.

Check The Cords

One of the first things you should do to check the status of your sump pump is to make sure that it is plugged in, and none of the cords are frayed, fried, or otherwise damaged. You should also make sure that the cord is not kinked or coiled too tightly as that could cause it to fray more quickly. 

Clean It Out

Next, you need to make sure that the sump pump and pit are clean. Debris, including dirt and leaves, can accumulate on the intake screens of the unit and affect performance or even cause it to stop working altogether. Debris can also build up in the pit over time. The perimeter of the float component needs to be clear of debris for the unit to work efficiently. 

Test the Unit

While you are performing these maintenance tasks, you should also test to make sure the unit runs as it should. Pour water into the basin and watch to make sure it drains quickly. If it is slow to drain or if it makes loud or unusual sounds, it is time to have a professional come out and check the pump. 

Replace The Battery

Most sump pumps contain a battery backup that will ensure that it continues to operate even when the power goes out. If this battery is replaceable, it will need to be replaced every three years or so. If you think the battery may be due to be replaced, it is probably wise to do so. 

Clean The Discharge Pump And Vent Hole

Finally, before your maintenance work is done, check the discharge pump or vent hole for your pump. When these fill up with dirt and debris, it makes the pump work much harder to move the water out. Clearing obstructions at least once a year will help your pump to run well for years to come.

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