A sump pump plays an important role in a home, and that device could be your last line of defense against serious water damage. While most modern sump pumps are designed to withstand quite a bit of wear and tear, they also require regular maintenance. Properly maintaining your sump pump is going to give you peace of mind knowing that it will continue to work when it is needed the most.
Regularly Test the Unit
Even though many people use their sump pumps almost every day, others only install those devices to prevent major water damage after a storm or when another appliance breaks down. Your sump pump could be especially important when the temperatures in and around Dayton drop below freezing. To test your sump pump, all you will need to do is plug in the unit, pour some water into the pit, and make sure that the device begins pumping immediately.
Clean the Pump and Pit
It is an unfortunate fact that quite a bit of debris can become trapped in a sump pump pit, and that could result in premature damage. To clean the pump and the pit that it is in, you will need to disconnect the power, rinse the area with a garden hose, and then scrape off caked debris with a putty knife. Once you have dislodged most of the material, it must then be extracted with a wet/dry vac. You can then put the pit cover back on to minimize the amount of debris that falls in.
Check and Unclog the Drainage Pipes
Regularly cleaning the device is an important maintenance task, but some unwanted refuse could still get into the pit. When that occurs and the sump pump turns on, it might end up clogging the drainage pipes. That is one of the reasons why you should check the drainage pipes whenever you test the pump itself. If water doesn’t come out of the drainage pipe, then one of the plumbers here at Buckeye Plumbing will need to disconnect the line and carefully unclog it with specialty tools.
Call for Affordable Sump Pump Repairs
Even if you go to great lengths to keep your sump pump working perfectly, damage can still take place at any point. As soon as you notice any problems with your sump pump, we invite you to call Buckeye Plumbing to schedule a service call and repairs. One of our experienced plumbers will be able to locate and address the damage so that you can rest assured your sump pump will work flawlessly when you need it the most.