Health & Safety Tip: How To Maintain Your Sump Pump

sump pump maintenance

Sump pumps don’t last forever.

Five ways to inspect your sump pump before the next rain.

Sump pumps work until the day they die. Every pump fails sooner or later. Unfortunately you can’t predict if the pump is nearing the end of its life unless you have a special test instrument that measures how your pump is performing (not all pumps allow this test).

PDM Plumbers offer a FREE sump pump motor health test while we’re there on a service call.  Be prepared. Test and maintain your pump at least once a year!

Annual sump pump maintenance tips.

  1. Visual sump pump check. Especially true during persistent rainfall. Check pump motor.
  2. Fill pit with water. Add a bucket of water, check float switch operation and pump discharges water in pit at a good speed. While the pump is running, make sure a stream of water is escaping from the air bleed hole. If not, clear the hole of any deposits or debris.
    Go outside and make sure the discharge water runs away from your home.
  3. Float switch – is it unobstructed, moves freely?
  4. Remove all debris from bottom of pit and pump inlet screen. Build up of debris is one of the major causes of sump pump failure. It is important to check your inlet suction screen and discharge line and make sure that there is no blockage. Check after heavy rainfall.
  5. Battery backup pump – check water level a few times a year. Batteries can last 2 to 3 years, some longer. Change as directed by the manufacturer.

PDM stands against cutting corners when it comes to water damage. If you have a question call the PDM Clean Team for expert pump service. We’ve offered honest answers since 1885. Learn more about PDM sump pump service.