Sump Pump Maintenance

There are two types of sump pumps: a pedestal and submersible. The pedestal is sump pump1mounted above the sump, making it easy to service. The submersible is located entirely within the sump. As far as costs go, the pedestal is usually cheaper, but can easily collect debris. Submersible pumps are sealed in such a way that debris collection is not a problem.

Sump pumps are used to rid basements or rooms below grade or water level of water that has amassed due to flooding or substantial rains. But if you don’t maintain your sump pump, you could find that it is not removing the water effectively, if at all.

Usually the culprit is debris.  Small rocks, paper, leaves or anything else could be blocking the filter screen, causing the pump to malfunction or quit entirely. It might be a good idea to note on your calendar times to check your sump pump BEFORE you actually need it. (Several times a year)

The easiest way is to slowly pour a bucket of water into the sump pit. If it automatically fires up, your good to go. When visually inspecting the pump, take some time to clean out the sump pit, removing any muck or debris that has collected.

You may be so ambitious and want to attempt to clean the entire pump. A word of caution before trying this: turn off your electricity before disconnecting the pump. Once the pump is disconnected, take it along with the drain line outside & give it a thorough hosing down. Keep hosing it down until the drain line rinses clear. Make sure the sump pit is clear of all debris before re-installing the pump. Only then re-establish the electricity, slowly pour in a bucket of water and see if the pump engages.

If the pump shows signs of stress, or does not fire up, you will probably need to call a plumber to attend to the problem. Firkus Plumbing will be happy to help you maintain or repair your sump pump. Give us a call today! 541-382-7710

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