What are the main principles of sump pump maintenance?
A sump pump is a little pump that sits at the bottom of a pit, installed at the lowest part of your basement. It is triggered by a float switch which can sense when water is rising in the pit and approaching floor-level. The sump pump automatically turns on, and it pumps the water outside your house before it can damage your house and property.
Generally, sump pump maintenance is not that difficult, but they still need to be inspected for any issues on a regular basis. It is a good idea to check your sump pump before the rainy season sets in, so you can avoid basement flooding. Our plumbers are experts in sump installation, maintenance, and repair and can help you in case of an emergency. As a homeowner, you can take several steps to maintain the sump pump and avoid flooding.
The simplest way to test your sump pump is by pouring a bucket of water on it. If the sump pump is working properly, it will automatically turn on and remove the water by pumping it and then turn off by itself. When you test the pump, also make sure the valve is unobstructed, and the float switch moves freely. Then check the discharge pipe for any blockages or obstructions. If the air vent hole in pipes is clogged, remove any dirt or debris to unclog it.
If your sump pump has a backup battery, check for manufacturer’s instruction on how often you need to replace the batteries. It is recommended to disconnect the pump from the battery at least once a year and remove it from the power source. Flush the unit thoroughly with water to remove debris, stones, and mud from the sump pit. After you have cleaned it, reinstall the sump pump by connecting it to the power source. Check that it’s working properly by using the same method of pouring a bucket of water over it.
Aside from keeping your sump pump maintenance high, you can also take the following measures to avoid basement flooding:
- Seal in any cracks in walls, windows, and floors
- Clear out any gutters filled with debris or leaves which prevent proper drainage.
- Ensure your plumbing systems are in good working condition.