Residential Sump Pump Maintenance
4 Tips For Keeping Your Pump In Good Working Order
If you have a sump pump in your Bonney Lake, WA, basement or crawlspace, you know these devices can prevent flooding and save you thousands of dollars in repairs. However, they have to be properly maintained to do their job. Here are four tips for keeping your pump in good working order.
1. Clean Out Any Debris
All of the parts of the pump should be clear to allow water to flow freely. Otherwise, the liquid will back up which may cause flooding to your property and damage to the pump itself. Inspect vents, grates, pipes and other components for debris. If you have a submersible pump, you can pull it out of the pit to clean it.
2. Make Sure the Outlet and Cord Are Secure
Because the sump pump operates in wet conditions, the electrical components are particularly vulnerable. To prevent short circuits and other electrical problems, always plug your pump into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), and make sure the cord is structurally sound. Check the GFCI and make sure it is working. You may need to reset it occasionally.
3. Test Frequently
An integral aspect of pump maintenance is frequent testing. At least a few times a year and whenever heavy rains are expected, check that your pump is still operable. You can do this by dumping a bucket of water into the basin and making sure it drains properly.
4. Make Sure the Backup Power Supply Is Ready
Although some pumps are operated manually, most run on electricity. That means if the power goes out, your pump won’t work unless there is a backup power supply. Check the backup battery a few times a year and replace as necessary. If you use a gasoline or diesel backup, make sure you have an adequate supply on hand when storms are forecast.
Unfortunately, even a well-maintained sump pump can malfunction. If you find yourself with a flooded basement or home, a professional remediation team can help you get your property back to pre-storm condition quickly and safely.