Sump Pump Maintenance Tips

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Sump pumps are your first line of defense to keep water out of your basement. They also protect your foundations and the structural integrity of your house.

You will need it most in early spring when there is a lot of snow melting or in the summer when there are some heavy rains. It is going to be called upon more so them, so you should check the operation before it is too late. By the time you look to call on the pump it might not have run for some time. So you need to plan ahead and ensure your pump will run when needed and not have you arriving home to a flooded basement.

Sump pump maintenance will take no more than around 10 minutes to complete and you will need to check the operation of your sump pump and ensure it is there for you whenever you need it.

Tips for sump pump maintenance

Keep a cover over the sump basin.

• This will keep out animals and children as well as ensuring you do not have any debris falling into the basin.

• A cover will also reduce the smells and evaporation

Inspect for debris

Inspect the basin/sump for any debris and remove any you might find before operating the pump. We do not want this to get into the sump pump intakes or even block the pump. So,always ensure you remove the debris first before you test the pump.

Check pump screens/ Inlet screens

Check the inlet screens on your pump are free from debris and residue build up, as if they are blocked up this will reduce the operational efficiency of your sump pump.Therefore this will reduce the volume of water the pump removes which will be a lot less than it is designed to pump. If needed bring a hose and wash down the external of the sump pump as well as the basin to remove all debris that may affect the operation of the pump.

Electricity and safety

As there is electricity and water within the same installation you should ensure you are electrically protected using a ground fault indicator (GFI). This should keep you safe as it should trip the electricity if there is a fault. Check the operation of this if there is a test facility to do so.

Cable routing

Check for correct cable routing as well as the cable being in good condition. Make sure the cable is away from the water as much as possible. Also check the cable is secured and not loose and in a situation where it might fall into the sump. This could prove lethal and have happened in some rare circumstances. So check the cable is fixed and secure.

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