Sump Pump Maintenance

June 4, 2024

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As a homeowner, is there anything less inconvenient or more stressful than having water flood your basement? With all of the regular maintenance tasks that are on your to-do list, sump pump maintenance is an important one.

The average lifespan of a sump pump is approximately seven years, which can go by in a flash.  If you don’t recall the last time you had yours replaced or checked, here are a few things you can do to prevent a flood.

Inspect the Basin: Ensure the sump pit or basin is free of debris that could obstruct the pump or float switch. Clean out any dirt, stones, or other debris that may have accumulated.

Test the Pump: Pour water into the sump pit to trigger the float switch and activate the pump. Make sure the pump turns on, pumps water out effectively, and shuts off properly when the water level decreases.

Check the Discharge Pipe: Ensure that the discharge pipe is free of obstructions and directs water away from your foundation. It’s essential that water is diverted at least several feet away to prevent it from flowing back into your basement.

Add and Test A Backup System: If your sump pump has a backup system (such as a battery backup or water-powered backup), test it regularly to ensure it will function during a power outage or if the primary pump fails.

Water Sensor Alarm: Place a water sensor alarm near the sump pump so that you are notified immediately If the system fails.

A trusted plumber can help you with your sump pump. Call me  if you need a recommendation for someone that can assist you.