Your Sump Pump is one of the most VITAL household appliances.
The word SUMP refers to the lowest point. Should your home have one, it will be a watery pit in your basement. This pit will contain your Sump Pump.
The Sump Pump is a submersible pump that detects increases in groundwater levels in this pit and turns on as conditions require.
Sump Pumps usually does its job without ever being noticed, however, all Sump Pumps are mechanical and eventually malfunction. A pump malfunction can cause serious problems for your home and at worst could result in significant water damage.
Therefore, it is essential to perform regular maintenance on your Sump Pump.
4 Tips to Maintain your Sump Pump
Clean the pump screen or inlet opening from dirt and debris as well as the actual sump pit on a monthly basis.
Install a water alarm that detects water leaks. Put the alarm where there is a risk of water damage. In the event that your sump pump malfunctions and water starts entering your basement, an alarm will sound and alert you to take immediate action. Check that it works when you do your sump maintenance.
Install a battery backup for your pump. In the event of a power outage or mechanical failure, this could keep your basement from flooding. Batteries lose their effectiveness over time so it is imperative to regularly check that your battery works when you perform your maintenance.
Have a professional inspect and service the sump pit and pump. Your sump pump is a vital part of your home’s defense against water damage and as a result, it needs to be serviced by a trained professional regularly.