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How To Maintain Your Sump Pump Easily: 5 DIY Ways

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How To Maintain Your Sump Pump Easily: 5 DIY Ways

A sump pump will help prevent your basement and home from floods. Like any other equipment, it also needs maintenance checks. It is highly advised that a professional check your sump pump each year. However, DIY maintenance can also be done at home. Depending on the model of your sump pump and the type of water it disposes of, checking your sump pump may vary from monthly to every 3 – 4 months. You may refer to the user manual for details. In the meantime, check out these five DIY ways in maintaining your sump pump.

  1. Proper installation

First of all, your sump pump must be properly installed to keep it working at all times. Most sump pumps are plugged via an electrical outlet or can be hardwired through electrical systems. It is essential that the sump pump has power in order to work, therefore a backup battery must be equipped. Now, you can easily pump out any water in your home even without the power of electricity because it can still work with the power of the battery.

  1. Always keep it in good condition

Part of a sump maintenance is to make sure that it is always in good condition. Once installed, you must check if the power cord is still in good condition. Also, check the drain hose if it is connected properly and especially make sure that it is plugged into the power source whenever you use it.

  1. Inspect the inlet and outlet valves regularly

You should regularly inspect the inlet and outlet valves of your sump pump. Check whether the valves are not coated with any grimes and sediments because they will cause the sump pump to malfunction. If there is, make sure to clean it. You also need to inspect if there are no leaks so you can easily repair it if in case there are any leaks.

  1. Clean it and keep away from any dirt

Sediment buildup, gravels or any other grimes must be cleared away from your sump pump, this is the most important means of maintaining your sump pump. Before starting to clean it, unplug it first from the power source or remove the battery then you can start removing the dirt that is settled at the base of your sump pump. This debris must be removed right away before it can get into the sump pump especially when the container is not sealed properly.

  1. Test it regularly and check for repairs

The best assessment you can have for your sump pump is to pour an ample amount of water into the drain to make sure that it is pumping the water in the sump pit. Of course, it must be powered on to confirm that it is working. If it is not working correctly, you have to test it again and check if there are repairs needed. Also, check the electrical connections and other moving parts whether they are intact and connected with wire nuts. Testing your sump pump is a big help so if there are any malfunctions or a need to be fixed with the moving parts, you can call a professional right away if you can’t handle it on your own.

Since there is no exact lifespan for your sump pump, you really have to check it regularly and maintenance is really important. It actually depends on how long it operates before it wears out over time and requires replacement. These DIY maintenance are easy to accomplish, however sump pump repairs should be done by a professional to make sure it is settled properly.

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