How to Take Care of Your Sump Pump: Sump Pump Maintenance

Sump pumps are always a necessity in basements of homes that flood, but homeowners tend to forget to maintain them. Without proper maintenance, sump pumps run poorly and stop working unexpectedly. If the pump fails, flooding inside your home can happen leaving you with unnecessary flood damage which could have been prevented by being proactive with sump pump maintenance. If you are looking for helpful tips on how to take care of your sump, the guide below will help.

Check The GFCI Electrical Connection

All pumps require a GFCI electrical connection outlet. If you do not have your pump plugged into a proper outlet it just won’t run properly. If it is connected properly and it isn’t working you may need to call in an electrician for assistance. An electrician can properly and safely fix the outlet so the sump can be plugged back in to run the way it needs to for flooding prevention.

Check for Backflow

Sometimes debris gets caught within the pump causing the water it’s supposed to be pushing out of your home to be pushed back in. The area of the pump that tends to get debris in it is the discharge pipe, so be sure you clean it out and check for any damage. If the pipe is damaged it might be time to replace the sump system with a new one. On average, sump systems last about a decade and replacing older ones is a great prevention method for reducing your risk of future basement flooding.

Check for a Properly Functioning Motor

Depending on how often your sump turns on, overall use will determine how long the motor of your pump will last. Pumps that run constantly will have a motor die within a couple of years. Pumps that run minimally will last about a decade. If you notice the motor of your pump is making funny noises, smoking from overheating, or not kicking on when it’s supposed to, it is time for a sump pump replacement.

Check the Float Switch

The float switch is one of the most important parts of a sump. It’s the part that senses the level of water inside your home. You can take care of your float switch by making sure no debris is in the way. To prevent debris and small creatures from getting into it place a protective covering over the systems basin. If for some reason the float switch isn’t functioning properly it is time to install a new one.

Staying proactive by maintaining your sump system will prevent flooding from occurring inside of your home’s basement in the future. Sumps in general should be inspected and tested by homeowners every 4 months. If you are unsure of how to maintain your pump yourself go ahead and call in sump system professionals-Toledo Basement Repair to do an inspection for you. If we suspect damage has occurred, it may be time for a sump pump replacement to prevent flooding.


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