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.

A sump pump is a submersible pump that detects increases in groundwater levels in the pit and turns on as conditions require.

Sump pumps usually do their job without ever being noticed, however, all sump pumps are mechanical and will eventually malfunction. A pump malfunction can cause serious problems for your home and, at worst, could result in significant water damage.

Because of this risk for damage, it is essential to perform regular maintenance on your home’s sump pump.

4 Tips to Maintain Your Sump Pump

Tip 1: Monthly Maintenance

Clean the pump screen or inlet opening from dirt and debris as well as the actual sump pit on a monthly basis.

Tip 2: Install a Water Alarm

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. You can get audible alarms, as well as ones that will send a notification to your smartphone if you’re not at home.

Check that it’s working properly when you do your monthly sump pump maintenance.

Tip 3: Install a Battery Backup

Install a battery backup for your sump 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 include a battery check when performing your regular maintenance.

Tip 4: Annual Professional Maintenance

Have a professional inspect and service both the sump pump and pit. Your sump pump is a vital part of your home’s defence against water damage and as a result, it needs to be serviced by a trained professional regularly.

Source: Sump & Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association