How to Clean a Sump Pump

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What You'll Need
White vinegar

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.

Step 1 - Reduce Residue Buildup

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

Step 2 - Remove Debris

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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

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

Step 6 - Replace Pump Battery

Replace the battery on your backup pump in alternate years.