Sump Pump Maintenance Tips

Your sump pump is essential in keeping ground or rainwater out of your basement. It works by allowing water from under and around your home’s drains into the sump pump pit. This collected water then gets pumped out of your home and away from the foundation. This helps to prevent water damage that could be devastating to the structure of your home and basement. It is important to have your sump pump inspected at least once a year to ensure it is working properly.

Maintenance Checks

Your sump pump should have a full maintenance check and cleaning at least once a year. You should also clean your pump screen or inlet at least every 3-4 months, or every month if your sump pump is used to dispose of washing machine water. When it comes time to check your sump pump annually, a professional will examine key aspects such as:

  • The Pit – This is where the water collects until the pump removes it. It is important that your pit is the correct size to prevent overflow.
  • Cover – Your sump pump should have a cover to prevent moisture from evaporating into your basement. 
  • Check Valve – This valve is installed on the discharge pipe. It helps to prevent water from flowing back down into the pit from the discharge pipe when the pump shuts off. 
  • Alarm – An alarm isn’t a necessary accessory, but it helps alert the homeowner to any water build-up.
  • Discharge Location – A professional can ensure that your discharge location is far enough away from your home, as well as your neighbor’s property. 

Trust a Pro

Your sump pump has an important role to play in protecting your home from water damage. If it’s been a while since you’ve had a professional inspection, now is the perfect time to ensure that your system is working appropriately. The professionals at A-One Exterminators can help. Contact us today. 

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