Sump Pump Maintenance Mistakes You Should Avoid

A sump pump may be the difference between a pricey flooding event and a dry cellar. They are two types of sump pumps, “submersible” pumps are installed under the ground in your own basements, whereas the “pedestal” pump stays over your sump basin. Sump pumps are used to “pump” groundwater away from your home and will evacuate massive quantities of water, such as flooding, to other locations, such as storm drains.  It is important to maintain your sump pump in great shape, so that it may keep your basement dry all year long. To learn more about sump pump maintenance, look at these frequent sump pump mistakes to avoid.

If you have never installed a sump pump, then don’t risk doing it all yourself. You might wind up paying far more for damages than for the price of proper installation. Hire a plumbing professional to avert the dangers of faulty installation.

No Backup Power

During a powerful storm, your house can eliminate power, causing your sump pump to shut down. Should you experience flooding in your basement, a sump pump could redirect any incoming water. Keep your sump pump functioning during a power outage by connecting it to a backup power source, like a battery or generator backup system.

Not Testing Your Sump Pump

Test your sump pump system twice a year — before spring and fall to make sure that it’s in good working condition. To check the system, gradually pour water into the sump pit till it activates the pump switch. If it drains slower than normal, assesses the release pipe or the pump for clogs and other troubles.

Check the drainage pipes are all closely connected and are steered away from your house’s foundation. Also, inspect the pipe for damage and clogs. Seek help at the same time in the event that you find clogs or harm. Anything that impedes the flow could lead to basement flooding because of slow drainage or no drainage at all.

Letting Debris Get in the Pump

Make sure your sump pump does not sit on debris like silt or gravel, which could be sucked up into the pump, so destroying the engine. Rather, put it on stable, horizontal bricks. Also, ensure the sump basin includes a filter cloth around it to prevent debris from coming from. If there is not enough room or when there is some kind of obstruction whatsoever, the float might cause the pump to operate improperly, which can burn up your motor.

Ignoring the Float Change

This part tells the sump pump engine to stop when the water level goes below the float. Your sump pump needs considerable space around the float into both float and sinks freely.

To prevent this, do not unplug the pump, or be sure you plug it back in if you do.

Covering the Sump Vacuum

Knowing where your sump pump is found is important, but if you forget, you might end up piling stuff on top of it. This may lead to damaging the sump pump and restricting access. When storing things in your basement, constantly find your sump pump first to prevent this dilemma.

Routine sump pump maintenance goes a very long way in protecting against basement flooding. Schedule a comprehensive inspection with a septic tank maintenance professional or plumber twice a year. For professional water damage fix or mold removal, contact your regional PuroClean office. If you’re living in Everett, you can drop by the PuroClean of Everett office for more information.