How to Clean Out a Basement Sump Pump
Residential basements, particularly in areas with high ground-water levels, will often use a basement sump pump to remove unwanted water from the basement. To keep your sump pump working properly you will need to occasionally clean it. Here's how.
Step 1 - Shut Off Electrical Power
Unplug your pump from its electrical power source. Or, at your circuit breaker panel, turn off the circuit that supplies power to your pump.
Step 2 - Disconnect the Pump from its Discharge Pipe
Locate the discharge pipe your pump is connected to and disconnect it.
Step 3 - Clean Off Your Sump Pump
Wrap your pump in a plastic sheet to prevent spilling sludge and dirt on your floor. Then carry the pump outside where you can rinse it off. Use a garden hose to rinse off any sludge, dirt, or debris. To remove caked sludge or dirt, use a plastic scraper or putty knife.
Step 4 - Remove Standing Water
From the sump pit, remove standing water by using a wet/dry vac. Drain water from your check valve by first placing a bucket under it to catch draining water. Clean your check valve by removing it and rinsing it off. Then replace it.
Step 5 - Reconnect Your Pump
Reconnect your pump to the discharge pipe and plug in the power cord.