Sump pump maintenance guide

Posted Mar 31, 2021 in Waterproofing, Sump Pump Solutions

Sump pump finished

When a severe storm hits, home­own­ers may expe­ri­ence excess water in their base­ments or the low­er lev­els of their homes. A sump pump is an impor­tant tool that can help pro­tect your prop­er­ty by con­trol­ling water and keep­ing your home dry.

Sump pumps are typ­i­cal­ly found in the low­est part of a house, such as a base­ment, and are usu­al­ly installed by a pro­fes­sion­al in a spe­cial­ly con­struct­ed sump pit. The sump pump’s pri­ma­ry job is to pump water out­side and away from the home. There are gen­er­al­ly two types of sump pumps, pedestal, and submersible.

How to keep your sump pump in good condition

Once installed, con­sid­er the fol­low­ing main­te­nance tips to help ensure your sump pump is ready when you need it. Check the pump every so often to make sure it is still in good work­ing con­di­tion and work­ing properly.

1. Check the Float

The float is a vital part of a sump pump, and it is also one of the most vul­ner­a­ble. The float ris­es with water in the sump pit, which in turn trig­gers the pump to start pulling water out of the pit. To check the float, slow­ly pour some water into the pit. If the float ris­es with the water and the pump acti­vates and then shuts off when the water has been removed, you’re in luck. Repeat this test every few months.

2. Clean the Sump Pit

Debris in the sump pit is a major cause of float prob­lems. Even if your pump is work­ing as it should, clean­ing out the pit should be a reg­u­lar part of sump pump repair and main­te­nance. Remove any loose items in the pit.

3. Test the Check Valve

If you pour water into the sump pit and, instead of trig­ger­ing the pump and remov­ing the water, water just returns to the pit, you prob­a­bly need to replace the check valve.

4. Clean the Impeller

Keep­ing debris out of the sump pit is an impor­tant part of sump pump repair and main­te­nance. Some­times, how­ev­er, debris can work itself past the screen in a sump pump and jam the impeller. To see if this is your prob­lem, first, unplug the pump, then dis­con­nect it from the pip­ing and remove the pump from the pit. Dis­as­sem­ble the pump to access the screen and impeller. Remove any debris, reassem­ble and replace the pump.

5. Check the Electricity

If the sump pump does not seem to be work­ing at all, check the elec­tri­cal con­nec­tions. Make sure the pump is plugged in prop­er­ly, and check the cir­cuit break­er. Pay spe­cial atten­tion to the ground fault cir­cuit inter­rupter if your pump is con­nect­ed to one, as these have a ten­den­cy to trip. Press the reset but­ton on the GFCI. If the elec­tri­cal sup­ply seems fine, chances are good that your pump needs replacement.

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