When was the last time you cleaned your sump pump? If you’ve got a sump pump in the basement of your home, you should be aware that it does require cleaning and maintenance from time to time. Especially, if you want it to last for years to come. Our team at Cross Town Plumbing go over the basics of sump pumps including what they do, maintenance tips and how to choose the best one.
What Does A Sump Pump Do?
A sump pump collects water that gathers in a sump basin, located in the basement, and it removes the water by pumping it outside. Not all homes have sump pumps, however most will need one to take care of excess water and moisture that accumulates in the basement. This is especially important if you live in an area that is prone to flooding or gets heavy rainfall.
What Sources Its Action?
When the pump detects elevated water levels, a switch is activated within the mechanism that turns the pumps on and sends the waste water into a discharge pipe, sending it away from your home’s foundation. Sump pumps are powered by water, battery, or they can be electric.
How To Maintain A Sump Pump
Your sump pump should be cleaned about once every three months. However, when experiencing heavy rainfall it may need to be cleaned more often. Other important sump pump maintenance includes checking the battery for battery-powered models, checking for any blockages or issues, and checking that the usual wear and tear hasn’t evolved into something more serious.
Choosing The Right Sump Pump
The right type of sump pump for your home will depend on where you live, the foundation of your home, and how your basement is designed. We recommend calling a licensed plumber who can inspect your home and discuss your options.
Where To Buy A Sump Pump
Most plumbing supply stores sell sump pumps, and you may also be able to find them at plumbing wholesalers. Contact your local plumbing supply store and ask them for recommendations, they have valuable information about the best models and the best prices.