Our Handy Pump in the Sump
We’ve all been there, looking at our basements in the middle of a rough and heavy downpour, and giving a sigh of relief as our very reliable sump pump does the job of keeping the water out of our homes.
But like all equipment, these all get worn down with incessant use, and we are faced with the dilemma of sometimes dealing with unexpected problems right at the time when we need them to work. To avoid these kinds of problems, here are some tips and tricks to help every sump pump owner to extend the life of their pumps:
The Right Assembling Gets It Running!
Installing your pump the right way can save you from experiencing malfunctions during use.
- Install the sump pump near the electrical outlet to avoid being disconnected and causing fire hazards or power failure.
Never use an extension cord, as they can short-circuit the pump motor in accidental water overflow or if air moisture is dense.
Place in a clean, debris-free sump pit to ensure that the float mechanism is not hindered from free movement. The float mechanism must be free to move and not touch any object, wall or the pump itself.
Provide a solid base for the pump. Never position the pump right on top of sand, silt, or earth since this can cause clogging of debris and unnecessary deterioration of the impeller.
A Small Leak Can Dump a Great Pump
Properly secure connections to help prevent leaks anddamage.
- Hand-tighten the pipes and connections. Over tightening can cause too much pressure build-up and can cause the pump case to crack during use.
Securely connect the discharge pipe to a check valve to prevent backflow of water during each cycle and minimize pump workload.
Attach additional pipes as necessary to guide the water to the catch basin or desired outflow destination. However, it should be kept as short as possible with minimal turns to achieve your pump’s maximum flow rate.
Connect additional piping as needed to direct the discharge to the desired location. Discharge should be kept as short as possible with a minimum number of turns.
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Proper Check-Ups Eliminate Operational Hiccups
Periodic maintenance of your sump pump helps ensure smooth pump operation at all times. Neglecting to inspect for any new or occasional issues while the machine is running can potentially harm your sump pump and place your home in danger.
- Never let the sump pump run dry. This can cause overheating and shorting of the fuse or wiring within the pump’s motor, and can consequentially cause fire hazards.
Check to see if there is any oil leeching from the motor. A usual giveaway is when there is oil buildup at the surface of the water in the sump pit. Oil seepages can wear down the engine and can cause subsequent breakdowns.
Always Have a Back-up Plan
Just in case all else above fails and your current sump pump just can’t keep up with the times, you should always have a backup parts and equipment ready to go for the next big downpour.
- Have a back-up sump pump in proximity for emergency situations when your main pump decides to stop working. This can save you from a heavily flooded basement.
- Install a back-up power source, in case you need heavy duty pumping during a rainstorm or typhoon and there is a great chance of power outages.
- Have secondary batteries on hand and ready if you can afford it. You never know when your back-up power source and main battery just chooses to die out on you.
Caring for your sump pump is no easy task, but avoiding problems that may arise due to neglect will make every bit of effort worth your while. AFI also provides some good tips, as well as advice from Bob Vila here.