Sump Pump Maintenance
As homeowners in New Hampshire are starting to see the snow melt, they may also begin to see some flooding, including in their basement. If you have a sump pump that isn’t working correctly, your basement can see some flooding and possibly some damage. Sump pump maintenance is important to preventing any costly repairs in your near future.
How Does A Sump Pump Work?
A sump is the lowest point in your house, typically a basement. A basin for the sump pump is dug in your basement and will show the groundwater level around your home. The sump pump will be triggered when the groundwater rises to a particular point. Once it is activated, water drains from the basin until the level is lower.
Annual Sump Pump Maintenance
- Make sure the sump pump power source is connected to the ground fault circuit interrupter
- Look for any damage to the pump cord
- The vibrations from the sump pump motor or force of water can cause it to tilt or shift so make sure it is always level
- To start your pump, fill the basin with water
- To ensure your sump pump is working correctly, make sure there is no debris stuck in the grate at the bottom of the basin
- Make sure all the drainage pipes are connected tightly and are draining to the correct spot
Quarterly Sump Pump Maintenance
- Remove the sump pump’s screen and clean all debris off
- If your system has an inlet instead of a screen, be sure to clean that
- Before any maintenance tasks take place, make sure that the power is disconnected
- After you’ve cleaned and put the pump back in the basin, be sure that it is filled with water before you turn it back on
Sump pump maintenance is easy if you take the time to do it! If you perform the maintenance like you’re supposed to, you can save yourself from costly repairs in the future. Ensure your sump pump is working correctly by scheduling maintenance with a professional like Daigle Plumbing & Heating. Schedule an appointment by calling us at 603-434-6353 or by filling out our online form.