How to do a proper Sump Pump Maintenance
A basement is the part of any house that is the most vulnerable to flooding. In most cases, the flooding occurs during strong rainy weather but it can still happen during long days of hot weather like the summer season. There are many causes of basement flooding but the general reason is that a basement is located underground. There is groundwater that can sometimes overflow and cause flooding or the sewer system (which is also found below the surface) can become flooded due to clogs and overflow into the basement.
The causes of basement flooding are quite a handful so you really needed to do the necessary preventive measures to keep your basement away from recurrent flooding. The most effective way to stop the water level from rising in the basement and stop flooding is to install a sump pump. It’s not enough that you can just leave a sump pump to do its work; you must also do some maintenance otherwise your sump pump will not function or have a short lifetime.
Inspect the pit and take out any debris found
The pit is where the water will be directed in the basement in case flooding occurs or there is a water breakout. If the pit has much debris inside it then the pit will have a difficult time absorbing the water or triggering the float valve of the device. It’s important that you check the pit from mud, rocks, pebbles, or any other form of debris that has the potential to obstruct the pit. A sump pump pit isn’t really deep so you won’t have trouble removing any form of debris inside it.
Check if the pump is still functioning
Having a non-functional sump pump in your basement is completely pointless since it won’t be able to absorb the water and disperse it outside your home. With this in mind, checking if the sump pump is still operational is one of the most important upkeep that you must do. Gingerly pour water into the pit; the pumping process should begin if the sump pump doesn’t have any trouble. Be sure to check if the device is plugged in. After waiting for quite some time and it’s still not pumping then there might be something wrong with either the check valve or float switch. Have it checked as soon as possible to have your sump pump functioning again.
Making sure the discharge line doesn’t have any obstructions
The discharge line is another part of the sump pump since it disperses the water absorbed by the sump pump. If the discharge line halts its functions then the accumulated water will have nowhere to go ―— rendering your sump pump useless. Inspect the discharge line if it’s still able to flush out water. There are two possible reasons why a discharge line is failing; it could be that there is something blocking the outlet of the line or it has completely frozen. Unclog the air vent hole if there are obstructions in the line. As for those who will be having a frozen discharge line you can either insulate it or cover it with a tarp.