A sump pump is a vital piece of equipment in any home that is susceptible to flooding. By directing water away from the foundation and into a drain, sump pumps help to prevent costly damage and ensure the safety of your family. However, sump pumps can be subject to wear and tear, and they eventually need to be replaced. There are a few simple steps that you can take to extend the life of your sump pump and avoid the need for frequent repairs.
Review these tips to help extend the lifetime of your sump pump:
Clean your sump pump regularly First, be sure to regularly clean the sump pit and remove any debris that has been collected in there. This will help to keep the pump from getting clogged and allow it to operate more efficiently. In addition, it is important to check the discharge pipe periodically to make sure that it is not blocked. A blocked discharge pipe can cause water to back up into the sump pit and damage the pump.
Inspect the floats and switches
Over time, these components can become damaged or worn out. Checking on their condition and replacing them regularly will help to keep your sump pump working properly.
Test the pump regularly We know sometimes of the year is a lot drier than others. We recommend that all homeowners once a month, pour a bucket of water into the sump pit and make sure that the pump kicks on and starts draining the water. This test will help you catch any problems ahead of time and give you a chance to repair before the pump is actually needed.
Take a peek at the outside discharge piping Inspecting your home's sump pump and drainage system will ensure that water is being carried far away from the foundation to prevent any threats. Make sure you check for clogs in pipes as well, because the sump pump will be able to do its job successfully if there are objects obstructing the flow of the water it is trying to remove from within the home. By following these simple tips, you can help to ensure that your sump pump lasts for many years to come.
If you have any further questions about sump pumps or would like to learn more about our other foundation repair or waterproofing services, please feel free to contact us today. We are always happy to help and take pride in servicing homeowners of New England!