Sump pumps are a leading cause of flooding in basements. We receive many calls where there are thousands of dollars in damage due to a malfunctioning sump pump. In most cases, this damage could have been prevented simply by checking the unit. The most common reasons for a sump pump flooding are:
Pump isn’t working correctly
Pump has become clogged with debris
Pump isn’t plugged in
For beginners, the sump pump is an appliance that removes excess water from a basement. This is especially crucial when there are heavy rains or if there is a draining issue. The sump pump should discharge the water to the home's yard and not be hooked up to the sanitary sewer or discharge into a sink or other drain.
Since sump pumps often sit idle for extended periods, it is prudent to conduct simple and regular maintenance. This will keep your sump pump in tip-top shape so it is working when you need it most.
Quarterly Sump Pump Maintenance
Clean pump inlet screen
Check the power cord and make sure it is connected to power
Dump a bucket of water into the sump to raise the float and make sure the pump turns on
Annual Sump Pump Maintenance
Remove the pump from the sump and clean it and inspect it
Clean out the sump
Check the Owner's Manual to see if the pump bearings require grease or oil
Replace the pump in the sump
Check power cord and make sure the cord is connected to power
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