Your sump pump is an important part of your home. While it mostly works on its own, it will need regular maintenance to keep it operating well. A sump pump is usually located in a crawlspace or basement. It will pump incoming water outside before it can damage the inside of a home.

Neglecting your sump pump could lead to disaster: water damage and expensive repairs. In spring, the soil around your home may be saturated after Portland’s winter rains. All that moisture can lead to excess moisture beneath your home.

Here are some important sump pump maintenance tips.

#1: Test it regularly

You can test your sump pump to confirm it’s working properly. Pour a bucket of water into the sump pit. When you do this, the pump should turn on right away. Remove the water from the pit, then shut it off in a couple of seconds. Be sure that the float switch and the check valve can move freely and that nothing is in the way. In addition, check the discharge line to be sure it is not obstructed or frozen. Also, if the inlet screen is clogged, clear it of any residue or debris.

#2: Change batteries

If your sump pump is backed up by batteries, be sure that the batteries are replaced every two to three years, or as directed from the manufacturer.

#3: Clean it

At least once a year, you should take out the pump. Begin by disconnecting it from the power. Flush it out well with water to remove any standing debris. While it’s out, remove stones, mud, debris, or anything else that is inside the sump pit. Then put the sump pump back in and reconnect it to the power. Test the unit by pouring a bucket of water into it to ensure the sump pump still functions properly.

#4: Be sure the outside of your home is maintained well, too

Basement flooding can be incredibly damaging. To avoid this, seal any cracks in your walls, windows, or in the foundation. In addition, clean gutters and downspouts regularly so things can drain properly. Also, make sure that the grading around your home is designed properly. It should slope away from the foundation so water can be washed away. Water buildup can happen quickly. If your home’s exterior isn’t being taken care of, you could see damage in your basement right away. A sump pump works well in normal conditions, but it can’t overcome a faulty design.

If you have done all you can to keep your sump pump maintained well and it’s still not functioning properly, contact Meticulous Plumbing. We’re experienced in providing professional plumbing services around the Portland Metro area and can make sure your sump pump gets fixed or replaced quickly.

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