Sump Pump Maintenance Keeps the Risk of Malfunction and Water Damage at Bay

Sump Pump MaintenanceBecause the basement is the lowest point in the house, a sump pump helps prevent water damage from both below and above. Proper sump pump maintenance makes sure the sump pump will be ready to do the job when it’s needed.

Installed in a basin excavated into the basement floor, a sump pump automatically removes natural groundwater that infiltrates from below, as well as basement flooding that can happen when a water supply line ruptures upstairs or heavy rain occurs outdoors. As the sump basin fills, a float switch automatically activates the pump and water is pumped out of the basement through a discharge pipe that terminates outside.

Since a sump pump often sits idle for lengthy periods, sump pump maintenance is critical to make certain this often overlooked device works properly when it’s needed.

  • Once a year, unplug the pump and check the inlet screen on the sump pump to make sure it’s clear of dirt or other debris that may obstruct the flow of water into the pump.
  • Remove any loose debris that may have fallen into the sump basin.
  • Plug the pump in and pour about five gallons of water into the sump basin, observing the float switch to see that it moves freely and doesn’t bind as the water level rises.
  • Verify that the float switch activates the pump before the basin overflows and then properly shuts the pump off again when the basin is empty.
  • Outdoors, make sure that the discharge pipe releasing water properly and in the desired area. Also check to see that the discharge pipe empties completely by gravity flow. Residual water remaining in the pipe may freeze and obstruct proper discharge.

For more information on proper sump pump maintenance to prevent water damage, contact Rytech, Inc.

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