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Simple Sump Pump Maintenance

It’s the first day of spring and it’s starting to get warmer out. That also means everything is about to melt and your sump pump will be working extra hard this time of year. It’s recommended that you perform annual maintenance on your system. Most sump pumps are equipped with a water level or flood alarm, usually battery powered, that alert you if the pump isn’t working.

The following are some actions you can take to increase the chance of your sump pump working throughout the year.

  1. Make sure the sump pump is plugged into a working ground fault circuit interrupter outlet and the cord is in good shape. These breakers may trip if they are in damp areas which would shut off your pump. Try and check in on your sump pump every 4 months and you can reset the ground fault circuit interrupter if necessary.
  2. The sucking action of the sump pump can sometimes pull stones into the grate which can block the inlet or damage the pump over time. To ensure this doesn’t happen, remove the submersible pump from the put and clean the grate on the bottom.
  3. To test the pump, every 4 months pour a bucket of water into the pit to make sure the pump starts up automatically and that the water actually drains quickly once the pump turns on. Call your technician if the pump does not turn on and actually pumps the water out.
  4. Make sure the vent hole in the discharge pipe is clear.
  5. Make sure that the outlet pipes are tightly joined together and draining out at least 20 feet away from your foundation.
  6. When a sump pump is running, the vibrations can sometimes cause it to fall or tilt onto one side. So make sure that it is standing upright. If the pump itself does fall, it can jam the float arm so it can’t activate the pump.

Another thing to note is that everyone should think about getting a battery powered back-up pump. The fact that sump pumps rely on electricity to work makes them vulnerable during a power outage. Having a back-up pump will help in any power outage situation…not to mention help you sleep at night.

If you have any questions about your coverage in the event of a flooded basement feel free to contact us.

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