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Sump Pump Maintenance Tips

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During times of the year when heavy rains strike, it is important for a home to be equipped with a sump pump. Sump pumps are especially useful when it comes to making sure any excess water is kept out of a home's basement, as well as other issues with constructing basement walls and foundation drains. The pumps are designed to discharge the water to your yard.

There are a few things that you can do to help keep your sump pump maintained, as oftentimes, they can sit for months without being used. Some of the things should be done once every few months, while others can be done once a year.

Here are some maintenance tips to keep in mind for things that you should do for your sump pump once a year.

  • Consult your sump pump's owner's manual to inquire whether the bearings of the pump require grease or oil, as using the wring material can cause damage. If you do not have an owner's manual, you will want to look up the information on the internet or contact either your local sump pump specialist or the pump manufacturer. Make sure that you have the manufacturer name and model number of your sump pump.
  • Remove the pump from its sump. Thoroughly clean and inspect it before placing back into the sump. You will also want to clean out the sump itself, as well as replacing the pump if necessary.
  • To further ensure that the sump pump is working correctly, make sure any necessary power cords are properly connected.
  • Using a bucket, dump some water into the sump in order to raise the float inside it and to also make sure that the pump turns on. Adjust the float if it's needed.

Furthermore, you will want to follow these useful sump pump maintenance tips approximately every three to four months.

  • Make sure that the inlet screen of your sump pump is clean.
  • Similar to a yearly duty, continue to make sure that any necessary power cords of the sump pump are connected in order to ensure that they are properly working.
  • Also similar to a yearly duty, take a bucket and dump some water into the sump to raise the float and also make sure that the pump turns on.

If you have any further questions or concerns about what else you can do to properly care for your sump pump, it's recommended that you contact either your pump's manufacturer or a local sump pump specialist like A Gareleck & Sons Inc.