Sump pump maintenance is a necessary part of home ownership in the Midwest, and while you may not think of your pump very often, this is perhaps one of the most important appliances in your home. Why is that? The answer is simple: your sump pump protects your home from the costly damage that is associated with flooding in your basement.
For many homes in Chicago, the basement also doubles as added living space, whether it’s a lower-level family room or a separate apartment altogether. Either way, though, you should never neglect your sump pump maintenance. It’s most important to address these tasks in Spring and Fall, so be sure to add it to your annual home maintenance to-do list.
Here are a few simple tasks to keep in mind when ensuring that your pump is keeping up with the task at hand.
Sump Pump Maintenance Considerations
- Check the power supply to your sump pump.
- Pour a bucket of water into the pump to ensure it is functioning properly.
- Check that the pipes leading away from the pump are clear of any clogs or debris.
- Clean the pump regularly. (NOTE: Disconnect the power supply before cleaning your sump pump!)
If your sump pump shows any signs of trouble, contact us right away. This isn’t something you want to wait to address. The last thing you or anyone needs is to get caught during a flood with an inoperable sump pump in the basement.
Like most of the equipment in your home, your sump pump will perform best with adequate care and attention. For a routine sump pump check, or to speak with us about any other plumbing concern, call the office to book an appointment now.