Sump Pump Maintenance 101

Sump pumps are a wonderful thing — they have the power to keep your home nice and dry, even when burst and backed up pipes, and floods come your way. Located at the lowest point of the home, typically in the basement, sump pumps act as automatic defense mechanisms when flooding occurs, springing into action at the first drop of unwanted water on the ground. But, for all the love and protection they give, your sump pumps need a little bit of TLC in return!

Sump Pump Maintenance Checklist:

  1. Check the power source, making sure it’s connected to a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). Before moving onto steps 2-7, make sure you’ve disconnected the power source.
  2. Inspect the cord for wear and tear, and replace it if necessary for safety.
  3. Be sure your pump is level and upright, as it can shift over time.
  4. Fill the basin or pit to start up the pump for a test run. (You’ll need to reconnect the power first.)
  5. Remove the pump and clean out the grate at the bottom of the basin. This should be done annually, and on a quarterly basis as well.
  6. Make sure your drain pipes are functioning properly, checking all joints and sewer lines. Water runoff should always be directed away from your home’s foundation.
  7. Check the venting pipe for debris, cleaning it out if necessary.

Your sump pump performs a very important job to keep your family and your home safe from sudden flooding. To be sure you’ve got your maintenance down pat, it might be best to call a professional in to handle the job — that’s us!

For all your sump pump installation, repair, and maintenance needs, call Barker and Sons Plumbing & Rooter at 714-630-8766.