Sump Pump Maintenance

Your sump pump needs to be in good working order at a moment’s notice, even after months of lying in disuse. So to make sure that your sump pump is ready for heavy storms, a burst pipe, or any cause of sudden flooding in your basement, you’ll need to perform maintenance on this important appliance at least every 3 to 4 months. This includes:

  • Cleaning the screen for the pump inlet
  • Ensuring the power cord is connected and in good condition
  • Checking that the pump will turn on when you pour enough water in the sump to lift the float; you may need to adjust the float

Those are pretty basic steps that can go a long way toward ensuring you’re ready for emergencies. But on top of this, there are more time-consuming steps that you should probably take once every year on top of the above checklist:

  • Look at your owner’s manual (or find the pertinent instructions for your make and model online) to learn if you need to get grease or oil for the pump bearings.
  • Take out the pump, clean it out, and make sure it looks good, OR
  • Consider replacing the pump.
  • Clean out the sump (You can find instructions for this on our post: Cleaning Your Sump Pump).

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