With Spring and those “April showers” slowly approaching you’ll need to be prepared for all that water that may enter your home. Sump pumps are effective in removing excess rainwater before it floods your basement. Sump pumps are relatively low-maintenance devices and you can help keep your unit operational by inspecting it regularly.
Steps in a regular maintenance program include:
- Checking the discharge line to make sure it is not clogged. If necessary, unclog the air vent hole in the line.
- Three or four times per year inspect the inlet screen to ensure that it is not clogged with residue and debris.
- Making sure the float component is unobstructed and can move smoothly.
- Scanning the pit and removing any visible debris, mud, or stones.
- Testing the pump by slowly pouring a bucket of water into the pit. The float should rise with the water level, triggering the unit to start pumping. If pumping doesn’t begin, check to see that the unit is plugged in. Your float-switch or check-valve may also be at fault.
- Inspect the exterior of your home to ensure water is discharging correctly and flowing well away from your home.
- Once a year, disconnect the pump from the power source and remove the unit. Flush it thoroughly with water to remove impurities and debris. While you have the pump out, also clean debris from the sump pit. Reinstall the pump and reconnect the power source. Test the unit by pouring a bucket of water into the pit and making sure the pump starts.
These simple steps can save you money and heartache when heavy storms hit. The battery backup system should also be checked if you have one. If you do not, it is highly recommended that one be installed.
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