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:
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.
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.
Once a month, be sure to perform these tasks:
Do these quarterly for optimum pump performance:
Annually perform these tasks:
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.