9 Maintenance Tips for your Sump Pump

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Sump Pump Inspection | Corporate | (551) 287-2121Your sump pump is one of the most important mechanical units that you don’t realize how important it is until you really need it. When heavy rains hit, or flash floods occur, you need to be sure it is working properly.

If you home is located where the water table is high or you have soil that drains poorly, a sump pump is a necessity. Sometimes the problem stems from problems with foundation drains or basement wall construction.

Properly working sump pumps will remove excess water from your basement and are often installed “just in case” a flooding situation occurs. A really heavy rain, improperly draining gutters or even a burst pipe or water heater.

Sump Pumps are generally of two types, submersible or pedestal. Neither is better than the other, just different models for different situations.


Your sump pump should discharge the water to the home’s yard, away from the foundation, and not be hooked up to the sanitary sewer.

Sump pumps often sit for months at a time, idle. Regular maintenance is recommended  as outlined below, to keep your sump pump in tip-top shape so it is there when you need it most.

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Quarterly Maintenance

  • Clean pump inlet screen.
  • Check power and make sure the cord is connected to power.
  • Dump a bucket of water  to raise the float to insure the pump turns on, adjust the float if needed

Annual Maintenance

  • Remove the pump from the sump and clean it and inspect it.
  • Clean out the sump
  • Check the Owner’s Manual to see if the pump bearings require grease or oil
  • Replace the pump in the sump.
  • Check power cord and make sure the cord is connected to power.
  • Dump a bucket of water into the sump to raise the float and make sure the pump turns on, adjusting the float if required.