What’s Involved in Sump Pump Maintenance?

Sump pumps can be a lifesaver when it comes to facing water damage and flooding in your home. A sump pump is installed under the floor of the basement or the lowest part in a house. They prevent flooding and water damage by collecting groundwater and exporting it into the yard. Sump pumps generally go months without use, but don’t forget it still needs regular upkeep. With the proper care and maintenance your sump sump will be there and working smoothly when you need it most. Here are some yearly sump pump maintenance tips:

Check the Power Source

To ensure that your sump pump can work when it’s needed, check that it’s connected to power and turned on. The safest way to have your sump pump running is to connect to a ground fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI. Be sure to inspect the cord for any damage or fraying to avoid any dangerous water and electricity combinations. 

Test the Pump

The best way to find out if your sump pump will work smoothly through a heavy influx of water is to test it yourself. Pour a bucket of water into the sump. Your sump pump should turn on immediately and drain the water within a few seconds. If your pump is on but no water is draining, check the float. Sometimes dirt and debris can cause the float to get stuck, so give it a wiggle and see if that helps. If your sump pump still isn’t working, call your trusted plumber. 

Check the Pipes

Water being able to exit your sump pump through the pipes connected is a key part of avoiding water damage in your home. First make sure that all pipes are clean and free of debris that could cause blockages. Next you want to check that your water is draining to the correct area, whether that be your sewage line or in your yard. If your sump pump drains into your yard make sure that pipe leads to a spot that’s far enough away from your home. This way you can avoid adding any moisture to the water table of your home.

Clean Your Sump Pump

To clean your sump pump you first want to make sure it is disconnected from the power source and turned off. Then you can disconnect your sump pump from the discharge line and remove it from the pit. The easiest and least messy way to clean your sump pump is to take it outside and hose it off. Make sure all debris has been cleared and remove the screen and clean it. If any dirt remains you may need to find a tool to scrape it off. Once your pump is clean it should be ready to be reconnected to the discharge line and powered back on.  

Sump pumps provide an excellent service in keeping your house water free and in tip top shape. With proactive care and regular maintenance you can ensure that your sump pump will be there and ready to save the day in the face of flooding and water damage, and if anything goes wrong, don’t hesitate to call the team here at Tritan Plumbing. 


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