Sump Pump Maintenance Tips
If you have a home in a low-lying area or with a water problem that can easily get out of hand, then you know that having a sump pump is going to be an essential item. However, having a sump pump and maintaining your sump pump are two different things. What do you do to make sure your sump pump won’t fail you when you need it the most? Here is a quick guide for maintaining sump pumps so they last a long time and will do their job when you have a flooding event.
Follow these sump pump maintenance tips to avoid flooding:
- Keep it Clean – Sump pumps can get clogged up with dirt and debris, especially after a flood in your home. While you may be focused on getting your basement back to normal, it is also a good idea to take some time to clean your sump pump, so it is equipped to help if there is ever another water emergency.
- Routine Maintenance – Sump pumps require routine maintenance just like many of your other home fixtures. Having a professional come check your sump pump once or twice a year to ensure that you connections are good and your plumbing is free and clear will help you get the most from this addition to your home.
- Check Position – Sump pumps may slip out of position and need to be put upright due to their own pumping action. Make sure your unit is standing upright and the float ball is not hindered.
- Test Unit – You can pour water in the sump pit to test whether the unit turns on and successfully pumps out water.
- Replace When Needed – Just like other appliances, sump pumps can eventually age out. Make sure to check the age of your sump pump and replace it when needed, so you always have an efficient system if flooding occurs. You’ll have greater peace of mind at the end of the day.
Professional Sump Pump Maintenance
At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Morganton, we are equipped to assist you when you need assistance with sump pumps, and we’ll make sure all your plumbing systems are in good working order. Contact us today at (828) 548-4048to schedule maintenance services!