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4 Tips To Keep Your Sump Pump in Good Shape

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

A sump pump installed in a basement of a home with a water powered backup system. Keep your pump in good shape

4 Tips To Keep Your Sump Pump in Good Shape

Spring can be a wet time of year in Clear Lake, TX. If you rely on a sump pump to keep your building dry, now is a good time to be sure you’re up to date on any necessary pump maintenance and that your pump is in good working order. These tips can ensure that your pump is up to the task when wet weather arrives.

1. Test Your Pump
To test your pump, pour water into the pit until the float triggers the pump. Ideally, the pump should kick on and empty all water from the pit within a few seconds, then shut off. If the process is slow or fails, you may have to repair or replace some parts of your pump.

2. Add an Alarm
Tank level alarms are designed to alert you if your pump stops working or if water reaches a certain level within the pit. Some pump alarms make an audible alarm sound. Others are equipped with smart technology and will send you a text or email alert if the sump pump fails.

3. Consider a Backup
If you’ll frequently be away from your building, you may not always be available if your pump fails or if the building loses power. In that case, a backup pump would be a wise investment. Choose a pump that runs on a marine-grade battery or opt for a pump that is powered by water pressure.

4. Clean the Pit
Be sure to clean out your sump pit regularly. Use a wet/dry vacuum to remove any gravel, dirt, or other debris, as these can clog your system and cause unnecessary wear and tear to your pump.
Don’t wait until your pump fails to perform basic maintenance. Avoid flooding and costly water damage restoration by making sure your sump pump is in good working order before the rainy season starts.

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