Care And Maintenance Tips For Your Sump Pump

Sump pump systems are often left in the pit of our basement, and we rarely give them much thought until finally something goes so wrong. This attitude can someday backlash at the homeowner when the pump fails in the middle of a heavy rain or flood, and can leave the owner with a huge bill to pay for cleaning up and repairs.

While all equipment in our homes should be regularly checked and maintained properly, caring for your sump pump is relatively very easy to do and doesn’t take much time off your busy day. Even during not so busy months where the pump just sits undisturbed, such as summer and dry spells, routine upkeep should be done.

We’ve compiled some of the best tips in extending the life of your sump pump from home improvement experts below:

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Let the Pros Set Up Your Pump

Although it is easy to install a sump pump on your own by following the installation manual provided, sometimes it takes a pro to really make sure things are done perfectly. Chances are, the years of experience has given them the eyes that see what we usually overlook

Do Inspect On Your Own

Owners are advised to go down every once in a while and manually inspect the sump pump for automatic function. This is done by filling the sump pit with clean water using a bucket or garden hose. Watch the whole operation until the water is all gone and the pump stops running. Look at every part of the whole pump system from the inflow to discharge.

Use Your Ears

Sometimes we see no problem on the outside, but the issues may well be concealed within the hard casing or cover. Learn to listen to your sump pump during use. If it makes strange sounds such as grating or screeching, then it’s time to call on your trusted handyman to do repairs.

Invest in a Back-Up Sump Pump

p style="text-align: justify;">Even the best sump pumps can be useless sitting ducks when power outages occur. This most often happens during heavy storms and cyclones, right when you need your pump the most. Betting on a battery-operated secondary pump can save you loads of trouble and unnecessary expenses.

Invest in a Back-Up Sump Pump


Follow a Timeline of Periodic Upkeep Activities

Once a month, be sure to perform these tasks:

  • Inspect all electrical wirings, connections and outlets for any exposed wires or broken links to eliminate any risks for fire.
  • If there is a filter or screen installed, clean it out and look for obstructions. Look at the water inlet and remove any lodged debris.
  • Cleanse the sump pit and get rid of debris, silt and gravel that may cause damage to your pump or to the switch.

Do these quarterly for optimum pump performance:

  • Check the power source and batteries if they are still up to par with providing the needed fuel for operation.
  • Secure all pipes and lines properly. Look for signs of rust and replace the damaged ones as needed.
  • Check the automatic float for free movement and function.
  • Remove buildup and scum from the air hole to prevent air lock in the future.
  • Remove the pump from the pit and look for signs of breakdown and worn out parts.

Annually perform these tasks:

  • Replace any parts that show signs of corrosion and rust
  • If the case or housing is removable, properly oil the bearings and motor using the recommended lubricant for that product. Do not use anything else.
  • Adjust the pump’s position to make sure it doesn’t lean or touch the walls.
  • Decide of your pump can still continue working, or a replacement is overdue.

Neglect is every so often the reason for the early breakdown of our equipment and utilities. Don’t let your sump pumps be expensive paperweight by following our tips and tricks.

Here is a detailed compilation of tips for sump pumps, as well as a nice video to watch for sump pump care.


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