By Bellevue Plumbing Pro

Homeowners often believe that their sump pumps are working, regardless of whether it is wet or dry. If your sump pump is not maintained properly, it can fail.

Security and peace of mind can be provided by a sump pump. However, it must be maintained and cleaned regularly. These are the steps you can take to ensure your basement flooding is protected and get the best performance.

Passing the Test

It’s crucial to inspect your sump pump regularly during the most wet weeks. You can check the pump visually to see if it is functioning properly. If there is a problem, you should have it repaired as soon as possible.

Even though the weather isn’t good, it’s a good idea still to check on your sump pump every few weeks to make sure it’s working. This is easiest done by slowly pouring water into the sump pit. If it starts up, you are in good shape.

Cleanup Time

Your sump pumps filter screen can collect leaves, mud, and pebbles over time. This muck can cause clogs, premature pump shutoff, and standing water in your basement. It’s a good idea to clean out the whole pump and pit when you notice it’s time for a filter change.

After cleaning the filter, disconnect the sump pump from the outlet and take it outside with the drain line. To flush out any debris and clogs, disconnect the drain line. Flush the whole unit with water.

Be sure to thoroughly clean the sump pit before you put the pump back in. After the pump is reconnected, pour some water into the pit to verify that it is functioning properly.

When the Sun Sets

A simple maintenance program can extend the life expectancy of your sump pumps. However, even well-maintained pumps will eventually fail. Sump pumps should be replaced every seven years.

It is important to replace old pumps as soon as possible. This will protect your basement contents and your home’s integrity. If you have a model that has a backup battery, make sure to read the owner’s manual to see how often the battery needs replaced.

Call your local plumbers if you have any questions about sump pump maintenance, repair, or replacement. They will make it quick, simple, and guarantee it. Contact us (509) 245-6477