A sump pump plays a critical role in preventing water damage in your basement. However, regularly maintaining your sump pump is essential to ensure it keeps working. Failure to maintain your sump pump can result in various problems and make it nearly impossible to waterproof your basement.
Here are a few of the most common sump pump mistakes to avoid:
Forgetting to Check the Power
A sump pump always needs to be plugged into an outlet to keep your basement protected against water damage. However, most basements don’t have many outlets, as it’s easy to unplug your sump pump and forget to plug it back into the outlet before you leave your basement. Double-checking the power source is a good idea to ensure your sump pump is working.
Not Inspecting the Level, Switches, or Valves
Another common problem is not taking the time to inspect your pump level or float switch. A pump level needs to be set higher during the wet season and lower during dry times. Your float switch needs to be free from obstructions to ensure it can float or sink without any problems. Inspecting your check valve is also essential to avoid drainage issues.
Allowing Debris Into the Pump
Debris can cause significant issues with your sump pump. These small particles can clog your lines and cause your motor to overheat. Setting your pump in a pit with large rocks or flat brick is one way to minimize the chance of debris getting into the system.
Failure to Test Your Sump Pump
Many people fail to test their sump pump at least twice a year. Typically, it’s a good idea to test your sump pump before spring and once again before the fall. You can test your system by slowly pouring water into the sump pip until you activate the pump switch. Checking the discharge pipe for any issues is also a good idea.
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