How to Clean a Sump Pump

A sump pump problem can be an unhappy experience for a homeowner, particularly if water backs up and causes basement flooding. Keeping your sump pump working at its optimal best will provide a longer life for your pump and can save water damage costs. Maintenance of your sump pump can best be done by following the steps below.

Items Needed:

  • White vinegar

Step 1 – Reduce Residue Buildup

Pour 2 cups of white vinegar into the drain to reduce residue buildup in your pump.

Step 2 – Remove Debris

Occasionally clean out the opening where the water flows into the pump, and remove any debris from the opening and the screen in the opening.

Step 3 – Run Regular Tests

Run your sump pump frequently. Test it by filling it with water to determine if it is working as it should.

Step 4 – Check for Restrictions

Double check the pump float to make sure there are no restrictions in it.

Step 5 – Clean the Discharge Line Hole

Your pump has a discharge line with an air hole. Be sure to clean this at regularly intervals.

Step 6 – Replace Pump Battery

Replace the battery on your backup pump on alternate years.