Posted on 9/5/2014

A sump pump in proper working condition can spare a homeowner the hassles and expense associated with home flooding and water damage. A sump pump that is not up to snuff can provide that same homeowner with a false sense of security that can quickly unravel with the arrival of a rainstorm. To avoid the latter scenario and ensure that your sump pump is always ready when needed, take the following sump pump maintenance tips to heart.

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Secure Sump Pump’s Power Source Access
Every time you descend your basement stairs, check to make sure that your sump pump is plugged into an outlet and that its cord appears to be in good condition and out of the way of any moist surfaces. If anything looks out of the ordinary or it has been awhile since you tested your sump pump’s condition, pour water into the sump pit and see if the pump kicks into gear. To ensure that your sump pump can work even when the power is out, install a backup battery.

Keep Sump Pump Upright
Another thing to do every time you enter your basement is check to see that the sump pump is upright. It is also a good idea to do this during and following storms. A sump pump can be knocked down due to vibrations during use, and propping it back upright increases the likelihood that it will activate next time it is needed.

Clear Vent Hole
After major storms and periodically during the rainy season, check the vent hole in the discharge pipe to ensure that it is clear. If it is not, then clear it out. If you have a submersible sump pump, you should also clean out the grate on the bottom of the pump. While you are at it, check that the outlet pipes are tightly joined and extend well away from your home’s foundation.

If you perform these maintenance checks and your sump pump still does not seem to be working properly, seek assistance from a plumbing professional. Serving Libertyville and the surrounding areas, Arrow Plumbing, Inc. offers high-quality sump pump installation, repair, and maintenance services. If you would like to have a backup battery installed in your sump pump or require any other plumbing services, call us at (847) 549-9600.