Whenever you are working on water powered sump pumps, there are a few things that you will need to keep in mind. No matter how well you take care of your sump pump, you will still need to do a few minor repairs here and there to keep it in good working condition. Make sure that you understand the way that your sump pump works so that you can tell when there is a problem right away. Whenever a problem is left untreated, you could end up having to completely replace the pump as opposed to having to repair it.
Replacing the Pump
Should you end up having to completely replace the pump, then you will need to make sure that there is no possibility of fixing it. There is no actual rule when it comes to how often a sump pump will need to be replaced, so know what to look for. In some areas of the country, a pump will need to be replaced more frequently simply because they are used more frequently. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, or your home has an issue with water in the basement, you can expect to replace the pump every 10 years. Replacing the pump will involve having to first make sure that you have a replacement that is the same size as the old one and has the right amount of power for the job. You will then need to make sure that you get some help when it comes to taking out the old sump pump and putting in the new one, as they are large and awkward to move on your own. Always make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions whenever you are installing the new sump pump.
It is a good idea for you to take the time to test your sump pump regularly. This will allow you to know for sure that it is working properly. It is a good idea to do this before the beginning of a very wet season. If you are in the middle of an unseasonably wet time of the year, make sure that you test it at this time as well. In order to properly test a sump pump, you will need to get a bucket of water and pour it into the pit. Your pump will then turn itself on and get rid of the water that you poured into the pit. It will then shut itself off if it is working properly; this should not take more than a minute.
If you only need to repair specific parts of your sump pump, make sure that you know which ones you need to replace. It is important that you take the time to know what type of sump pump you have as well as the size and power of it. Getting parts that are not compatible with the particular sump pump that you have will only cause you to have to go back to the store to get new replacement parts.