If you have a basement that is prone to flooding, a sump pump can easily become one of your most valued home features. This electric-powered pump kicks in before things with water get too out of hand and works hard to make sure the water is quickly removed from the situation. In a lot of cases, homeowners do not see that they have a problem until their sump pump has failed and their basement is filled with water. It is a much better idea to perform a simple maintenance check a few times a year to ensure your pump is working as it should.
Test Electrical Power to Your Sump Pump
The first opportunity for something to go wrong with the sump pump is where it is connected to its power source. Make sure that your sump pump is plugged in and actively responds when you turn it on by making a quick pumping noise. You may have to remove the electric power and plug the pump back in to get it to make the noise, but as long as it responds as usual, you will know that you are getting power to the pump. If no power is coming through, there is a possibility that the power switch to the pump has failed, which is actually quite a common issue. You can replace the switch to the sump pump with a new one in just a matter of a few minutes with a replacement from the manufacturer.
Clear the Pump System of Any Clogs or Debris
When water floods your basement and drains through the sump pump, a lot of sludge and debris can come with it. This sludge and debris can create a blockage that will prevent the sump pump from being able to suck water through and eliminate it. During a maintenance check, you must make sure that any debris and grime in the way are cleared. Grab a pair of rubber gloves and remove anything that is blocking the drainage pipe of the sump pump or that is trapped in drainage hole that houses the pump itself.
Make Sure the Float Switch Moves Freely
Many electrical pumps are equipped with a float switch, which contains a large air-filled rubber flange that floats up and triggers the pump to kick in when water flows into the drainage hole. Make sure that the float switch arm moves up and down without issues and when the flange is up, you should hear the pump kick on to start pumping water. If the flange is hard to move, check the arm that is holding it for signs of damage or corrosion and replace if necessary.
It can be incredibly frustrating to step down into your basement to find that the area has flooded and the sump pump has failed. Doing a maintenance check will help you avoid these situations and catch on to problems before you have flooding issues.
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