How to Maintain a Sump Pump

Many Michigan homeowners have basements… and with them, sump pumps. But did you know that there are things you can do to maintain your sump pump and head off potential issues with flooding and water damage in the future?

Here’s how to maintain a sump pump properly.

How to Maintain a Sump Pump

While you can’t prevent every issue – sometimes things happen due to improper installation or faulty equipment – taking care of your sump pump can help prevent major problems.

You can maintain your sump pump quarterly, which is pretty common. However, some people only work on it once a year, while some experts recommend you take care of it every year.

Here’s what to do.

#1. Pour a gallon of distilled white vinegar into the basin. The vinegar will break down calcium deposits that may be building up on the pump.

#2. Unplug your pump and remove debris or buildup on the intake screen.

#3. Check the float switch. Pour in enough water to turn on the pump, then watch to make sure it drains correctly. If it doesn’t, call the manufacturer for guidance.

#4. Check your backup battery and make sure it still has “juice.” If you don’t have a backup battery, now might be the time to think about buying one.

Did Your Sump Pump Fail and Flood Your Basement?

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