The sump pump in a home or property is a common but not commonly understood basement appliance, and not all property owners know how to maintain the sump pump hose to help keep this item running smoothly. Some general tips will help in maintaining and hose and the rest of the apparatus over time, so that when excess runoff water gets into a basement or other lower area, the sump pump function well and direct that water away from structural elements.
1. Test the Sump Pump Frequently
Some property owners like to regularly test the pump, hose, and other parts of the appliance by simply running water into the area to see whether the pump is working as intended.
2. Keep the Sump Pump Hose Well Positioned
When testing the pump, it can become clear whether the hose is positioned in the right way to direct water. Do a quick visual check and correct the hose position as necessary.
3. Inspect the Hose for Leaks
Sometimes, a sump pump hose can leak where it is connected to a wastewater drain or at another critical point. Take a look to make sure the hose is intact where it connects to other elements of the drainage system.
4. Find Good Couplings and Gear
Most sump pump hoses have a particular kind of joint or coupling tool that is compatible with their construction. Having these small items on hand can be extremely helpful if you are trying to troubleshoot anything that has to do with your sump pump system. Collecting these spare parts is part of good maintenance strategy for this critical resource to prevent water damage in a property.
5. Protect the Sump Pump and Hose from Climactic Impact
In colder regions, there’s a chance that parts of the pump system, including the hose, can freeze if cold water is inside them at freezing temperatures. Overall, the property owner may want to look at setting the thermostat appropriately to avoid freezing in any part of the building that facilitates appliances like the sump pump.
6. Shield Sump Pump from Activity
Another great tip for maintaining this appliance is to locate it in a place that is not exposed to human activity. In some cases, a pump is located right out in the open, in the same basement areas that people would use for storing food or other items, creating recreational finished spaces, or other multi-use intentions. The problem with this is that the pump hose could get jostled or broken over time. One easy fix is to install a simple drywall framed area around the pump, or to locate it behind a screen or other physical installation.
7. Maintain the Electrical System
Most sump pumps need a reliable electrical source in order to function correctly. Make sure your pump has the juice it needs from whatever electrical system it works off of.
The above tips can help you keep the sump pump, hose and other parts of this appliance in good condition and make sure they function well when floods or storm water require the pump to get water out of the basement and keep a property dry.