Proper sump pump maintenance is essential for keeping your basement dry, clean, and healthy. Depending on the type of sump pump you have, you can schedule regular cleanings and maintenance appointments through certain times of the year, including:
- Every three to four months
There are many benefits to adhering to regular sump pump maintenance. For example, you can save time and money in the long run as it avoids future problems. If your sump pump fails to work, it can cause overflowing or allow excess water to pool in your basement. This can lead to damage to your foundation and floors, which can become costly to fix. In addition, without proper sump pump maintenance, your pump can break down. In turn, you may need to purchase new equipment or a new sump pump altogether.
Regular sump pump maintenance is also crucial in keeping your basement dry. If a sump pump breaks down, it can leave you vulnerable to basement flooding from rainstorms, sewage backup, and other circumstances. This can ruin foundations and damage walls due to pooling water seeping inside.
In addition, flooded basements can grow mold, mildew, and fungus if not taken care of properly. Maintaining regular pump cleanings and inspections can also prolong the life of your sump pump. The average sump pump life lasts around seven years. Practicing regular pump maintenance can ensure your pump stays on track to protect your home for a long time.
What Does Sump Pump Maintenance Entail?
During sump pump installation, our professionals work with you to create the best pump maintenance plan for whichever type of sump pump you need. We suggest having your sump pump inspected at least once a year to ensure it’s working at full capacity. During a sump pump inspection and maintenance appointment, professionals may look at many aspects of your pump, such as:
This is where the sump pump delivers leftover water collected in the pit. The discharge location should be about 20 feet away from the home to avoid water running back to your basement.
Sump Pump Pit
Professionals clean the inside of the sump pump pit to clear any potential blockages that can become a future issue. In addition, they inspect the pit to ensure it’s the right size and can collect water efficiently.
Sump Pump Cover
Sump pump pits typically have a cover on top to keep water from flowing back into the basement. Professionals check to make sure there is no damage to the pump cover and that it fits the sump pump pit properly.
The check valve is a piece of the sump pump that sits inside the discharge pipe. When water runs from the sump pump and through the discharge pipe, the check valve closes so water doesn’t come back into the sump pump pit. This prevents excess water from pooling and potentially flooding your basement space. Professionals inspect the check valve to ensure it works well.
In some cases, homeowners may have an alarm on their sump pump that alerts them to any issues. For example, if water levels grow too high in the sump pump pit, the alarm lets homeowners know there is a problem. If you have an alarm on your sump pump, professionals can test it to make sure it works correctly.
In the case of a power outage, it’s important to ensure the sump pump remains working through backup power. This is especially true for those who live in areas that experience heavy rainstorms or frequent power outages. Professionals inspect the backup power source to make sure it runs smoothly.