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Home Improvement  /  March 5, 2020

What Is Sump Pump Maintenance?

sump pump maintenance

The area below your basement or foundation is where a sump pump will be installed. A sump pump is designed to move water away from your home, which includes run-off water from rain, drains, and even plumbing.

There are different types of sump pumps that depend on the needs and requirements of your home. A homeowner is responsible for sump pump maintenance, but if you run into an issue, it’s best to call a professional.

What to Know About Sump Pump Maintenance

Sump Pump Maintenance Expectations

Sump pump maintenance sounds scary but it’s actually pretty simple. A few things you should be doing annually are simple inspections and adding water to ensure it is clear of debris and functioning properly. If a sump pump experiences any type of failure, it can lead to water backing up into your house and causing irreparable water damage to your foundation and possessions. 

Here are some regular maintenance checks you’ll want to perform on your sump pump with the help of a home plumbing services company.

1. Test Your Pump Regularly

You can test your pump by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit. The pump, if working properly, will turn on automatically and move the water away in seconds. However, if something’s wrong with the pump, it will take longer for the water to be flushed away or even worse, it will just sit there. 

2. Clean the Pump 

A malfunctioning sump pump may be due to dirt and grime. Every pump has different cleaning instructions, but your local home plumbing services company can help you with most maintenance.

3. Check the Power 

All sump pumps need to be connected to a power source in order to work properly. However, if your sump pump is battery operated, you’ll want to regularly check it’s functioning correctly. If you want to plan ahead, get a backup pump.

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