The sump pump plays an important role when it comes to the water drainage in your house, so it’s a good idea to make sure it’s working properly. Giving the sump pump a thorough check once a year should help you make sure it is in working order and serving your house. This easy checklist will give you an idea for what to look for and when it might be time to consult a sump pump professional.
Sump Pump Preventative Maintenance Checklist
These easy steps can help ensure you get the most life out of your sump pump and don’t have to replace it before it’s time.
- Clear any debris off the sump pump basin. It’s easy for small items and or other debris to find their way into the sump pump pit, especially if you have kids or pets or storage in the same space as the sump pump. Toys and other knick knacks can get into the unit and block the mechanism, causing it to fail. Sweep the pit every once in a while to make sure nothing is threatening to break the pump.
- Check for any foul smells. If the sump pump trap has standing water in it thanks to the dry season, you’ll probably start to notice an unpleasant odor emanating from it. After unplugging the pump, you can empty the standing water and if necessary, you might use a cleaning solution to get rid of the bad smell.
- Confirm that the float switch is working properly. Float switches can burn out overtime, so to test that it’s working properly, fill the pit up with water to trigger the pump to turn on and then off.
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