Sump Pump Maintenance: Prevent Water Damage and Keep Your Basement Dry With Our Sump Pump Maintenance Checklist
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Sump Pump Maintenance: Prevent Water Damage and Keep Your Basement Dry With Our Sump Pump Maintenance Checklist

A poorly maintained sump pump can lead to flooding and water damage. Use our sump pump maintenance checklist to prevent a water-related disaster in your basement or crawl space.

What is a Sump Pump

Sump pumps drain water from your basement or crawl space. Channels are dug around our foundation and routed into a basin. When the water level in the basin rises past a certain level, the pump automatically turns on.

The water is then pumped it into a storm drain or other wastewater line. Sump pumps keep water from pooling around your foundation as well as help to prevent water damage and flooding.

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Recommended Sump Pump Maintenance

You should check that your sump pump is working properly on a regular basis and perform regular maintenance at least once a year. Always unplug your sump pump before performing any maintenance.

  • If you have a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet, check the breaker regularly, especially during storms. Reset it as necessary to ensure your sump pump works properly.
    Inspect the cord for signs of damage or wear.
  • Make sure the pump is standing up properly and the float arm can move freely. Normal vibrations can cause it to shift and may prevent the float arm from working properly.
  • Pour a bucket of water into the sump pump basin to ensure the pump works properly.
  • Remove the pump and clean the grate at the bottom of the sump pump basin once a year. The pump tends to suck stones or gravel into the basin, which can block the inlet over time.
  • Check that vent hole on the discharge pipe is free from debris.
  • If your area is prone to flooding, consider adding a battery backup for your sump pump. An alternative is a secondary water-powered backup pump.

When to Call a Plumber

You can complete most regular sump pump maintenance by yourself with just a few hours over the course of the year. However, if you encounter any issues with the operation of your sump pump or don’t think you can properly maintain the unit, you should call a professional plumber.

Whether you need routine sump pump maintenance, are looking to have a backup battery or secondary pump installed, or need a complete system service, our local plumbing crews are here to help. Call 1-888-443-3110 today to schedule sump pump maintenance.

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