Sump pumps are an effective way to manage ground water and keep your basement protected from flooding.
Routine maintenance will keep them working efficiently and reliably. Here are a few things you can do a monthly basis to ensure your pump is working well to protect your home from water:
- Check the pump power cord and electrical outlet. If possible, make sure the pump is on a dedicated circuit. This will minimize the chance that something else could inadvertently trip the circuit and cause the sump pump well to overflow. (In the event that the sump pump is not on its own breaker, consult a qualified electrician.)
- Check the position of the pump. Vibrations from routine operation can cause the unit to tip or fall over. This will jam the floating arm that monitors the water level and activates the pump.
- During dry months, occasionally dump a bucket of water in the sump basin to make sure that everything is working properly.
- Check that drainage pipes are not clogged or obstructed on the outside of your home. Pay particular attention to pipe joints and elbows. If they are loose, tighten them – this will make sure that water is discharged at the appropriate distance from the foundation of your home.
- If applicable, check back-up the power supply. Many sump pumps have emergency batteries, gasoline generators, or water-powered back-up systems.
Sump pump maintenance only takes a few minutes but is instrumentally important in prevent serious water damage in your home. Contact us for more ways to prevent the need for water restoration in your home.
Clean USA has 2 conveniently located offices in Illinois to help better serve our growing list of customers.
Dekalb, Sycamore, Dekalb County and surrounding areas: 920 W. Prairie Drive Suite M. Sycamore, IL 60178
Aurora, Naperville, Dupage County and surrounding areas: 1755 Park St Suite 200. Naperville, IL 60563