A sump pump helps protect your home from flooding and water damage by efficiently removing excess water. To ensure that your sump pump operates effectively when you need it most, regular maintenance is essential. Wellbrook Plumbing, trusted experts in sump pump repair in Pelham, ON, share our maintenance checklist to help keep your sump pump in top condition:
Inspect the Sump Pit
The sump pit is the collection point for water that the sump pump will pump out. Periodically, check the pit for debris, dirt, or any other obstructions that might hinder the pump’s operation. Make sure the pit is free from any large objects that could interfere with the pump’s float switch.
Test the Float Switch
The float switch is a critical part of the sump pump, as it activates the pump when the water level rises in the pit. Testing the float switch regularly should be part of your sump pump maintenance. To do this, slowly pour water into the pit until the float rises to its trigger point. The pump should turn on automatically. If it doesn’t, or if it’s slow to activate, the float switch may need a replacement.
Clean the Impeller and Screen
The impeller is responsible for pumping the water out of the pit, while the screen prevents debris from entering the pump. Regularly inspect the impeller and screen for any debris or buildup that could impede the pump’s function. Clean these components as needed to maintain proper water flow and avoid the need for premature sump pump replacement.
Test the Pump
After sump pump installation, it’s important to perform regular tests to ensure your sump pump is in working order. Fill the sump pit with water to activate the pump and observe its operation. Ensure that it pumps the water out efficiently and that there are no unusual noises or vibrations. If you notice any issues during the test, consult a professional for repairs.
Backup Power Source
Sump pumps are essential during power outages that often accompany heavy storms. Consider installing a backup power source, such as a battery backup or a generator, to ensure your sump pump continues to function when the power goes out.
While you can perform many sump pump maintenance tasks yourself, it’s best to schedule an annual inspection with a professional plumber like Wellbrook Plumbing. We can perform a more thorough evaluation of your sump pump system, including the electrical components and backup power source, and make any necessary repairs or replacements. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.