The key to a well-run house is consistent and diligent maintenance. Spending a little time weeding your garden, removing hard water from your faucets, and simply changing your air filter will keep your home looking nice, and your appliances and equipment running smoothly. The same is very true for your sump pump. Because it is usually located in the floor of your basement, it is easy to overlook necessary sump pump maintenance. But just as you need to take time to clean out your lint trap, you should take some time to maintain your sump pump, and there is no better time to do it than before fall and winter hit!
The reasoning isn’t just because in the fall and winter everything slows down, including your productivity (although that is a good reason.) It’s also because with the colder seasons comes much more rain and snow. And where there’s more water, your sump pump is going to be working harder. It’s also a critical time to keep your home dry and warm. The best place to start when it comes to sump pump maintenance is to evaluate your current sump.
Evaluate Once a year you should give your sump pump a thorough evaluation. This means completely removing your pump from the sump! Once you have it out of the pit, give it a thorough cleaning; remove any debris that may be stuck or have built up over the previous year. Then, give it a thorough inspection. Look for anything out of the ordinary, any cracks, breaks, or other damage. You should also take time to grease any of the pump bearings if they need it. Your pump isn’t the only thing that needs some TLC. Make sure to inspect the pit as well for any buildup or debris. Clean it out so that there is nothing to get into your clean pump once you put it back in the pit.
Maintenance Some of the basic maintenance items that should be taken care of regularly are cleaning the pump inlet screen, making sure your power cord is plugged in, and doing a test to make sure your pump is working. To do this, simply dump a bucket of water into your sump pit. You should pour in enough water to raise the float, and wait for the pump to turn on. If it doesn’t you’ll have to dig a little deeper and research why it isn’t working.
Upgrade If you’ve regularly been maintaining your sump pump and you’ve had some water issues, it may be time to upgrade your pump to something a little more powerful. Whether your pump is outdated or simply didn’t have the guts necessary to perform properly in the first place, you can ask the experts at Pump Sellers for upgrade recommendations. With extensive knowledge and industry expertise, you’ll now you’re getting the right pump for the job.
Backup If you know you have the correct pump size and you’ve done your proper maintenance but you are still having water issues, you may want to consider a backup pump. This will give you the peace of mind knowing that even if something unexpected happens with your pump, your home will stay dry!