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Here are Three Simple Tips for Maintaining Your Sump Pump

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

A sump pump installed in a basement of a home with a water powered backup system. Sump pump system

Here are Three Simple Tips for Maintaining Your Sump Pump

Many basements in Oklahoma City, OK, are installed below the top of the water table. Others are built in areas where storm water collects. Once water starts pooling around the foundation, it’s essential to remove the excess water before it can cause damage. Typically, the best way to do this is with a sump pump.
The sump system works automatically and in the background. They can last more than a decade without problems and are customized for your particular conditions. However, it does require pump maintenance for it to work seamlessly. Fortunately, just doing a few things a year will increase longevity and prevent problems:

  • Quarterly or monthly screen cleaning
  • Annual pump cleaning
  • Annual Testing

Screen Cleaning Intervals Will Vary

The Sump and Sewage Pump Manufacturer's Association recommends cleaning the sump pump screen or inlet opening regularly. If you don’t have a washing machine, clean it every three or four months; if you do, clean it monthly.

Annual Cleaning Is Critical

Remove the pump and hand clean it. Clean out the sump pit, paying particular attention to sediment that’s collected. Also, clean the pump screen. If the water was oily, you may have to wipe the pit out. Also, check the sump discharge pipe for clogs and make sure it’s still draining in a good location.
Inspect the pump for rust or defects. Most pumps will not require lubrication, but each is different, so consult your manual. If you aren’t sure, you can contact local water damage restoration specialists who have experience with maintenance and cleanups that become necessary if the pump fails.

Testing Helps Prevent Catastrophic Failures

The float switch is what turns your pump on and off. It’s sensitive to debris, so it should be tested. Pour some water in and observe it while functioning. Does it move jerkily or bind? Does the pump start and stop smoothly and do so in time with the switch?
Identifying problems early helps prevent water damage and black mold from developing. When done correctly, your sump pump can mostly stay out of mind and out of trouble.

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