The worst time to find out your sump pump is malfunctioning is when you need it to perform the most and keep your basement dry against heavy rain and floodwaters.
Remember to consult your sump pump’s owner’s manual for instructions specific to your unit, but good rules of thumb include:
- Inspect, test and clean your sump pump quarterly, or more frequently if it regularly disposes of water from a washing machine.
- Check your power supply. Make sure the power cord isn’t damaged and the backup battery is charged, correctly installed and replaced every two to three years.
- Examine the pit, which should be at least 24 inches deep and 18 inches wide. Remove any dirt, gravel or other debris and ensure your sump pump’s base sits level in the basin.
- Test your sump pump by pouring a bucket of water into the basin. If functioning properly, the pump should turn on automatically, begin pumping out the water right away and turn itself off as soon as the water has been removed. Be sure to check that your pump’s float and check valve move freely.
- Check the sump pump’s intake screen for any clogs from debris and remove any potential obstructions away from the discharge pipe.
- Most importantly, be proactive! Don’t wait until water is forming in your basement to find out if your sump pump will operate as needed. Trust the professionals at Justin Dorsey Plumbing for an annual inspection of your system to rest assured it will keep your basement dry throughout storm season.