Sump Pump Preventative Maintenance

If you have a sump pump in your basement, the last thing you want is to need it after a flood only to find that it doesn’t work. Flooding can occur unexpectedly, so if you haven’t had your sump pump regularly inspected and maintained, you may find that when you need it the most, it’s dead.

That’s why it’s very important to make certain you have a professional perform sump pump preventative maintenance on a regular basis. Here are some of the things you’ll want to make certain are done regularly so you don’t need to summon the water damage dry out services.

Inspect Your Pump

You should know the basics of checking your sump pump. This way, you’ll be able to tell if something is really wrong.

Some people know how to do a full check on their sump pump, and if you do, that’s okay. If you don’t, you need to have a professional inspect your pump on a regular basis—at least once a year, especially before you go into flooding season.

The professional should do a thorough inspection of the device, clean it, and do any maintenance that’s required. Even if you haven’t had any flooding in several years, you still want to continue having your sump pump inspected. In fact, many would argue that it’s more important to have it inspected and maintained after a long period of inactivity.

Clean Your Pump and the Area Around It

In addition to its yearly cleaning by a professional, you’ll need to do some light cleaning and make certain the inlet opening and/or screen are cleaned regularly. This should be done about every three or four months unless the manufacturer recommends it more often.

Even if the manufacturer recommends checking your sump pump every six months, you should probably do it sooner. If you know there’s a major rainstorm coming and that there’s a good chance of flooding, check and clean the sump pump.

You also want to look at what’s around your sump pump. Keep the area free from clutter so that nothing can fall into your sump pump or otherwise interfere with its operations.

Install the Necessities – Battery Backups and Backflow Valves

If you lose power, which does occur fairly often with heavy storms and flooding, your sump pump is going to stop working. That can lead to your basement and home flooding. That’s why many professionals recommend having a battery backup for your system. This way, it will continue to work even if your main power goes out.

Another type of preventative maintenance you may need to have done is the installation of a sewer backflow valve. This will prevent sewage and water from backing up into your basement through the drain in the floor.

You can also have a water alert installed that will detect any water leaks you may have. You can install one of these alarms near your sump pump, but you may also want to put one in any area that’s likely to have flooding, such as the kitchen, basement, and bathroom.

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Written by Elise
on April 7, 2015