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Checklist for Sump Pump Maintenance Near Greenville, SC

Checklist for Sump Pump Maintenance Near Greenville, SC

Scheduling sump pump maintenance near you is important in protecting your home from water entry and flooding. Projects like drain pipe installation are also important. Your sump pump won’t work effectively if the drain pipe isn’t connected properly. Nonetheless, any sump pump requires regular maintenance to ensure it works when excess groundwater or heavy rain affects your home. When properly maintained, the system can last up to 10 years.

To get the most out of your sump pump, follow this checklist for maintenance:

Clear Debris from the Sump Basin

Debris in the sump pit can interfere with the float mechanism, preventing the pump from turning on and off properly. The debris can be anything from dirt, silt, sludge, or mineral buildup to children’s toys. To protect the system, clean the sump pit about every three or four months. You can usually clean out debris with a hose (remember to clean the pump’s exterior too).

Check the Pump’s Power Supply

The sump pump should be on a dedicated circuit and plugged into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). A GFCI protects against ground faults due to contact between electricity and water. Therefore a GFCI socket can prevent a shock or damage to the pump. 

Use the outlet’s test button to ensure it will work when needed. Then check the power cord for any damage. If it’s frayed, the insulation appears melted, or the conductor is exposed, call a sump pump repair professional.

Make Sure the Pump Is Properly Positioned

The sump pump should sit upright and be on a level surface. If it’s leaning over or the floor isn’t even, water won’t flow into it correctly. This can also prevent the system from pumping out excess water. Or, the pump may work harder to remove water, which can strain it, leading to costly repairs.

Look for Drainage Line Clogs

Water pumped out by the unit is removed via the discharge pipe. This line leads to a municipal storm drain or a dry well. Check for clogs inside the line and call for help if you can’t reach any debris. 

Also, check that the pipe is connected securely to the sump pump and that there are no signs of leakage from pipe joints. Check the discharge pipe vent as well. Debris here can prevent water from draining out of the system.

Smell for Foul Odors

If unpleasant odors are coming from your sump pump, you can clean the basin with a bleach-water mixture (preferably five parts water to one part bleach). Then fill the basin with water. Once the sump pump turns on, it will cycle the water to eliminate the odor further. 

Clean the Inlet or Screen

Disconnect the power supply or flip the pump’s circuit breaker. Then remove the screen. It can be cleaned with water and a toothbrush. Some sump pumps don’t have a screen. In this case, use the same method to scrub any debris from the inlet opening.

Test the Pump and Float Mechanism

If the pump doesn’t turn on when water fills the basin, it can flood your home. But if the float malfunctions, the sump pump may run constantly, wearing out the engine and overworking the system. To test the sump pump, you can:

  • Unplug it and then plug it back in to see if it turns on.
  • Pour water into the sump pit; the pump should activate once the water reaches a certain level.

Verify the Check Valve Is Installed Correctly

If the check valve isn’t properly installed, water will flow back to the pump when it shuts off. Make sure the check valve’s arrow points away from the sump pump. Depending on the model, there may be a weep hole between the pump and the check valve. This prevents air lock that can cause the pump to run dry and be damaged. A toothpick or other small object can clean the weep hole.

Clean the Sump Pump’s Impeller

A clogged impeller can cause your sump pump to make noise or stop running. Turn off the power and remove the pump’s cover. The manual should provide instructions on how to remove the impeller. 

Once the impeller is removed, check it for any cracks, chips, or other damage (which means it must be replaced). Otherwise, you can rinse it clean with water and remove debris with a soft brush. Avoid abrasive materials, detergent, or concentrated bleach or vinegar.

Schedule Professional Sump Pump Maintenance Near You

A sump pump is an important mechanism that must be properly maintained. Fortunately, sump pump maintenance is easy. At Waldrop Plumbing – Heating – Air, we also recommend scheduling annual service. Our licensed and trained plumbers thoroughly inspect and test your sump system and make recommendations such as installing a backup pump or a backup battery or generator for emergencies. For more information or to schedule sump pump maintenance near Greenville, SC, call (864) 536-0887 today.

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