Keep Your Basement Dry and Safe with This Sump Pump Maintenance Check-List
Sump pumps are a crucial appliance to maintain a dry, clean home. Often working behind the scenes, it’s easy to take the sump pump for granted. But trust us when we tell you, you don’t want to risk a sump pump gone awry – especially when wet weather strikes.
To prolong the life of your sump pump, it’s important to perform annual maintenance, including unplugging the pump, lubricating parts, checking the basin for debris, and ensuring the outdoor pipe is free from blockage.
Sump pump maintenance check-list
Follow these instructions to give your sump pump some TLC.
- Unplug the pump. Remove the pump from the sump pump basin and inspect the device for rust, buildup, or corrosion. Clean the inlet screen on the pump thoroughly.
- Lubricate any necessary components. Consult the owner’s manual for your specific sump pump to determine which components need regular lubrication.
- Clean the sump basin. Check the sump pump basin for any noticeable debris, and be sure to remove it.
- Reinstall the pump. Plug the system back into the power outlet.
- Check the float switch. Pour approximately five gallons of water into the sump basin and watch to be sure the float switch moves freely without catching and that it turns the pump on and off appropriately.
- Head outside to check the discharge pipe. This is the final step to your annual sump pump maintenance. Be sure the discharge pipe isn’t blocked by dirt or debris and that it is able to drain fully. Any water that isn’t able to drain from the pipe has the potential to freeze, which can lead to costly problems.
How often to perform sump pump maintenance?
Sump pumps are relied on to prevent flooding by sending water away from the house, especially in homes where the water table is above the home’s foundation. Performing regular maintenance is vital for ensuring the functionality of your sump pump. This should be done at least on an annual basis, if not more often – especially in times of frequent use due to prolonged wet weather or heavy flooding in the area of the home.
Hire a plumber to fix your sump pump
If something looks amiss during your maintenance check, or you think it’s time to replace your sump pump, don’t hesitate to call the North Shore experts at Waldman Plumbing and Heating, Inc. We’ll make sure your sump pump is working correctly so your basement stays nice and dry. Schedule an appointment today at (781) 780-3184.