Sump pump repair and maintenance guide

Unclog a sump pump

Sump pumps are mainly purchased by the people who suffer from basement flooding. So, it is very necessary to keep your basement dry by using a sump pump. Repairing and maintaining a sump pump are equally important to keep it in a good working condition. A basement sump pump is only needed during the months of winter and monsoon seasons. During the other seasons, it sits quietly in the sump pit. So, much money and time are not needed to be spent on the repairing and maintenance of the sump pump.

Here is a list of some of the most common things that must be checked and fixed.

Check the float

The float is one of the most vulnerable and important parts of a sump pump. When the water level in the basement floor rises up, the float also starts to rise with it. Then the pump starts to discharge the water outside your house. Some water should be poured slowly into the sump pit in order to check the float. After pumping out all the water from your basement, it shuts off automatically. Remember to check the float at least twice to thrice a year.

Clean the sump pit

All the float problems are mainly caused due to the accumulation of debris in the sump pit. Though your sump pump works very well in good working condition, but keeping the sump pump clean should be your regular job. The maintenance and repairing of the sump pit should be done by cleaning it on a regular basis to ensure its longevity. Loose items should be removed from the sump pit.

Test the check valve

The pump is triggered only after pouring the water into the sump pit. After it gets started, water is removed continuously until your basement becomes dry. But if the water returns into the pit even after switching it on, then it is the high time to replace your existing check valve with a new one.

Clean the impeller

One of the most vital parts of sump pump repair and maintenance is to keep debris out of the basement sump pit. Sometimes, the impeller is blocked with debris when passed through the screen in a sump pump. The sump pump should be removed from the pit first after unplugging and then disconnecting it from the piping. The screen and impeller are accessed by disassembling the pump. The sump pump should be replaced after removing all the debris.

Check the electricity

The connections of electric lines should be checked if your sump pump does not work at all. The circuit breaker should also be checked to ensure the proper plug in of the pump. The ground fault circuit interrupter will need paid special attention too, if your sump pump is connected to an electric outlet. The reset button on the GFCI should be pressed by you. If all the electric connections are not fine then there is surely a problem in your sump pump and you need to replace it as soon as possible.

Thus, follow this guide for proper repair and maintenance of your main or backup sump pump.