Pump Up Your Sump Pump Maintenance

Ever thought about your sump pump?

If you’re like me, probably not. It’s one of those appliances most people install and then forget about.  The expectation is that it’ll be there to handle its job when needed.

Its job, of course, is to remove excess water from the basement.

However sump pumps, just like everything else, can’t do the job without proper maintenance.  Here are some quarterly and annual maintenance tips to consider performing on your sump pump.* You can also view our video about sump pump maintenance by clicking on the photo above.

Every three months you should: 

  • Clean the pump inlet screen.
  • Check the power cord and make sure the cord is connected to power.
  • Pour a bucket of water into the sump to raise the float and make sure the pump turns on, adjusting the float if required.

At least once per year you should: 

  •  Remove the pump from the sump to inspect and clean it.
  • Clean out the sump.
  • Check the owner’s manual to see if the pump bearings require grease or oil. If you do not have the manual, look it up on the Internet using the manufacturer and model number of the pump.  Otherwise, contact the manufacturer to get a replacement copy.
  • Replace the pump in the sump.
  • Check the electrical cord and make sure the cord is connected to power.
  • Pour a bucket of water into the sump to raise the float and make sure the pump turns on, adjusting the float if required.

A little time invested now will help your sump pump do the job that it was designed to do later should excess water become a problem for your home. 

I’d love to hear your ideas on additional tips you use to keep your sump pump in optimal condition.   Feel free to share them below!

*Formisano AIA, Bob. “Simple Tips for Maintaining a Sump Pump.” http://homerepair. about.com. 3 October 2011.

2 Comments on “Pump Up Your Sump Pump Maintenance

  1. I just had a sump pump installed by a local company as my basement flooded several times over the past few years. That’s never gonna happen to me again!

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