A sump pump problem can be an unhappy experience for a homeowner, particularly if water backs up and causes basement flooding. Keeping your sump pump working at its optimal best will provide a longer life for your pump and can save water damage costs. Maintenance of your sump pump can best be done by following the steps below.
Step 1 - Reduce Residue Buildup
Pour two cups of white vinegar into the drain to reduce residue buildup in your pump.
Step 2 - Remove Debris
Occasionally clean out the opening where the water flows into the pump and remove any debris from the opening and the screen in the opening.
Step 3 - Run Regular Tests
Run your sump pump frequently. Test it by filling it with water to determine if it is working as it should.
Step 4 - Check for Restrictions
Double check the pump float to make sure there are no restrictions in it.
Step 5 - Clean the Discharge Line Hole
Your pump has a discharge line with an air hole. Be sure to clean this at regular intervals.
Step 6 - Replace Pump Battery
Replace the battery on your backup pump in alternate years.