Sump Pump Maintenance to Prevent Basement Flooding

Liberty Sump Pump System

At Guest Plumbing and HVAC, we know how important it is to maintain and test your sump pump, especially as spring approaches. A sump pump is a device that removes water accumulated in a sump basin or pit, typically located in a basement or crawlspace. Its main purpose is to prevent water from flooding your home by pumping it out to the outside. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of regular maintenance and testing for your sump pump and how it can prevent flooding in your home.

Sump Pump Maintenance

Regular maintenance is crucial for ensuring the proper functioning of your sump pump. Neglecting maintenance can lead to malfunctions and even failure during heavy rain or snowmelt. At Guest Plumbing and HVAC, we recommend performing the following maintenance tasks:

  • Cleaning the sump basin to remove dirt, debris, and other build-ups. 
  • Inspecting the float switch to ensure it is working correctly. 
  • Checking for debris in the discharge pipe and removing any blockages. 
  • Lubricating the motor to ensure it runs smoothly. 

Testing the Sump Pump

Testing your sump pump at least once a year is essential to ensure that it is working properly. It is recommended to test the pump before the rainy season or when the snow starts melting in the spring. Here is a step-by-step guide for testing your sump pump:

  • Check the electrical connection to ensure it is securely plugged in. 
  • Pour water into the sump basin until the pump turns on and pumps out the water. 
  • Observe the pump in action to ensure it is working correctly. 

Backup Power Sources

Backup power sources are crucial for sump pumps, especially during power outages that often occur during storms. Battery backups, generator backups, and water-powered backups are three types of backup power sources you can choose from. It is important to ensure that the backup power source is also in good working condition during spring maintenance and testing.

Pump Capacity

The pump capacity of a sump pump is the amount of water that it can pump out in a specific amount of time. Ensuring the pump capacity is appropriate for the size of the sump basin and the potential amount of water accumulation during heavy rain or snowmelt is essential.

Alarm System

Installing an alarm system can provide extra protection against flooding and water damage. It alerts the homeowner when the sump pump is not working correctly, when the water level in the sump basin is too high, or when the backup power source is activated. At Guest Plumbing and HVAC, we recommend installing an alarm system as an additional feature for your sump pump.

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At Guest Plumbing and HVAC, we cannot emphasize enough the importance of regular maintenance and testing for your sump pump. Neglecting this essential task can lead to flooding, which can cause significant damage to your home. We encourage homeowners to schedule professional inspections and services for older or poorly maintained sump pumps. If you need help with your sump pump, Contact Guest Plumbing & HVAC today.

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