In several regions in the country, the incidents of sudden basement flooding and water damage is quite common. In most conditions, the problems arise due to sump pump. As soon as the ground starts thawing with rise in temperature, it tends to get highly saturated. As soon as spring returns, the rainwater is not easily absorbed in the ground. Basements can actually take in so much of rainwater. Sump pumps are of great use in such a situation. These pumps have a life-span of more than 10 years. But the fact is that you need to have them maintained on a regular basis, so that they run in top condition throughout the year, without any disruptions.Here are some things which can be done for sump pump maintenance:
Inspection – You need to get started by checking the sump pit to find if there are any kind of debris. If there are debris, it might interfere with the operation of the pump. In case, there is some oil slick just on the surface of water, it might happen that the pump shall release a coolant. This might have to be replaced. You can unplug the pump and clean it if needed. The same can be done for the weep hole, air bleed and also the impeller.If you are trying to maintain the sump pump, you can plug your pump in. You need to ensure that it is working well. In case you find any kind of frayed wires or you come across exposed connections, you need to get these repaired as soon as you can. Remember, if there is exposed electricity it is never safe and you need to be cautious about it.
Keep testing – You need to keep testing the sump pump quite often. To do this, you can add some gallons of water in the pit. It should be able to raise the float or you should be able reach the switch. You need to check if this unit is functioning properly. As the float starts rising without turning ON and if the switch doesn’t actually activate the pump, you need to unplug the unit. Check if there are debris which is causing the problem. If you notice that the pump is working well, you can again change your attention now towards the discharged pipe.
Planning Ahead – You need to have your plans ready. Always have a backup sump pump so that in case of any kind of urgency, you do not face interruptions. If you notice that the power is ON, it is high possible that your pump will not be able to deal with such a difficult condition. This planning will save you from much difficult condition.A little maintenance and upkeep can help you from many difficult conditions.