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.
- 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.