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Steps for Easy Sump Pump Maintenance

11/16/2019 (Permalink)

Few homeowners think much about their sump pump before a storm. But that’s exactly when this handy piece of equipment should be top of mind. Neglecting pump maintenance can result in a pump that doesn’t work when needed. The good news is that there are just a few key steps to ensure your West Glenn Estates, AZ, home’s pump is always ready for action.

How Your Sump Pump Works

Your pump is a critical tool in the war against home flooding. Common among homes in low-lying areas, these pumps work by:

  • Collecting water in a special pit
  • Pumping water out of the pit
  • Redirecting water away from your home’s basement and crawlspaces

Keeping your pump in good working order isn’t hard or expensive. Maintenance comes down to periodic maintenance - quarterly and annually.

Quarterly Maintenance

You’ll want to check on your pump every three to four months. Start with cleaning the inlet screen and checking the power cord. If you see fraying or other signs of wear, replace it. Fill a bucket with water and pour it into the pump until the float raises. Ensure that the pump comes on and you’ve finished your quarterly check.

Annual Maintenance

Once a year, you’ll need to take a few extra steps. Clean out the sump for starters, removing and checking the pump for signs of damage. This includes looking at the bearings for signs they need lubrication. Check the power source again for proper connection and finish up by once again pouring water into the pump to ensure it responds the way it should during a flood.
A sump pump can seem unimportant until a flooding emergency. Make sure your pump will be ready to keep your home dry when an emergency arrives. Use these tips to ensure your pump is in working order and contact your local water remediation company for further tips on handling water emergencies.

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