Taking Care of Your Sump Pump

You’ve just had your sump pump installed and you’re wondering, what’s next? How do I take care of this investment so my home is protected from flooding? Here are some tips to help maintain your sump pump. 

  • Test your sump pump. They should be tested at least once per year. It’s important to test before the “wet” season to make sure it will be functioning effectively when you need it. You can pour a big bucket of water slowly into the sump pump basin. If the pump doesn’t turn on when the water reaches the level, the pump may be broken or clogged. 
  • Keep your pump clean. Your sump pump should have a lid, and if it doesn’t, get one. Take a flashlight and check the inside of your basin. Remove any debris that may have entered the basin. 
  • Check your parts. Parts are susceptible to wear and tear, preventing the pump from operating properly. The float switch is the most common part that fails on a sump pump.
  • Have a backup battery installed. This will ensure your pump doesn’t fail, even in the event of a power outage. You can test your existing battery by unplugging the pump from its dedicated GFCI outlet. 

Your sump pump will communicate with you if something isn’t in working order. It’s important to call a professional if you start to notice any of the following signs

  • Smells. If you start to notice a rotten odor, it could be your sump pump malfunctioning. 
  • Rust. Older pumps may not be rust-resistant. Pumps with rust that cannot be easily scrubbed need to be replaced. 
  • Noise. If you start to hear unusual noises, it could be time for a replacement. 
  • Water. If there is water in your basement, then your sump pump is not doing the job it’s meant to do. 

Contact us today to schedule your installation health check. 

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