What is a sump pump and why do you need one?
A sump pump is a pump that sits at the bottom of your house to prevent any dampness from building up and clear all water from your house in the case of a flooding.
It is very common to find sump pumps in basements suites and in houses where the foundation of the house is below the water line. These are the residences that are most at risk of flooding.
A sump pump is like an insurance policy, spending the money and necessary maintenance time now will massively pay off when you need it!
Now that spring is upon us and the risk of flooding is greater, it’s a great time to give your sump pump some maintenance to make sure it’s working for when you need it!
Sump Pump Maintenance
- Clean the inlet screen
The sump pump inlet screen filters out any foreign objects from entering your sump pump. Regularly cleaning it out will ensure that your pump will not get blocked.
- Ensure your pump is plugged in
It can be very easy to accidentally unplug your sump pump throughout the year, therefore it is a good idea to double check that it is plugged in to ensure it has power for when you need it!
- Ensure your pump is upright
If your pump has been knocked over it can cause the float arm to become jammed.
- Test trigger your pump
Your pump should automatically come on when it is flooded with water. Test this by pouring a bucket of water into your pump to trigger it to come on.
- Clean the pump pit
Remove your sump pump from its submersible pit and clean the pit of all debris.
Follow all of these steps to keep your sump pump in top condition so that it prevents your home from flooding the next time you need it!
If you need help completing any of these steps, contact us and we will be happy to help.