Simple Maintenance Steps for the Sump Pump in Your Wilmington Home
Only regular sump pump maintenance can ensure it’s ready when you most need it. Installed in a sump basin in the basement floor, this device automatically removes the gradual seepage of rising ground water. However, a sump pump may also be called upon to protect against a sudden major inundation due to outdoor flooding or an indoor water line rupture.
Because a sump pump spends most of its service life on standby, proper maintenance is vital to ensure it will function when the need arises.
Every Three Months
- Disconnect the sump pump power cord from the outlet.
- Remove any standing water from the basin and clear off any debris that may be blocking the pump inlet screen.
- Plug the power cord into the outlet.
- Pour five gallons of water into the basin and observe the pump to verify proper operation of the float switch as it energizes and de-energizes the pump.
- Go outside and confirm that the discharge pipe is releasing water at the proper location.
Once a Year
- Unplug the pump from the outlet and remove it from the sump basin.
- Clean the sump basin and remove all dirt and debris.
- Clean the exterior of the pump.
- Remove the pump inlet screen and clean thoroughly.
- Consult the sump pump maintenance section of the owner’s manual for lubrication requirements. If you don’t have the manual, research the manufacturer’s name, and contact the company’s customer service department.
- Reinstall the pump in the sump basin and plug the power cord into the outlet.
- Pour five gallons of water into the basin and observe proper on/off operation of the pump.
- Outside, make sure the discharge pipe functions properly and that all water drains out of the pipe. Residual water inside the pipe may freeze and block proper discharge.
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues – especially HVAC and plumbing issues – so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.
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