Your sump pump may not get a whole lot of appreciation, but it’s such an important part of your home. Sump pumps collect water and safely divert it from your home to prevent flooding, water damage, and mold growth. It’s important to give the sump pump the proper attention it deserves in order to ensure it doesn’t falter, leaving you with one big mess to clean up. Here’s how you can easily maintain your sump pump to ensure it won’t leave you with a messy situation or a basement leak.
CHECK THE POWER SOURCE
If there’s one simple thing that you don’t want to end up being the cause of a major flood, it’s a simple power source issue that could have been easily fixed if noticed. Every year, make sure you put “sump pump inspection” at the top of your “to do” list. Keep an eye out for any signs of wear and tear on the cord.
ENSURE IT IS LEVEL
When your pump is active, the water causes vibrations from the motor due to the force of the water that is entering and being pumped out. Over time, this can force the pump to tilt, which can cause the float in it to move. So always ensure that the pump is level and upright.
FILL THE BASIN
One of the best ways to ensure that everything is functioning properly, is by filling the basin of your sump pump to see how it’s working and whether it’s responding and kicking in when it’s supposed to.
CLEAN THE GRATE
At the bottom of the basin there will be a grate. It’s always important to take out the pump and give the grate a good cleaning once a year to ensure that any debris that may have entered it isn’t accumulating and clogging it up, which can cause the pump to falter.
CHECK DRAIN PIPES
The drainpipes that carry the excess water out and away from your home are clearly crucial parts of a properly functioning pump. So give them an inspection. You want to make sure that there aren’t any signs of loose joints and that each pipe is safely leading the water away to the correct location.
Sump pump maintenance may be a task you dread, but it’s an important one. Once every year, place it as a priority on your maintenance list and go over each of these areas to ensure that everything is functioning properly so you won’t wake up to any surprises.