How to Maintain Your Sump Pump

Your sump pump works hard during spring and summer when there are more rain and storms than during other months of the year. To keep your basement dry and preserve your home’s foundation, it’s important to make sure your sump pump is operating properly. The last thing you want is a failure during a torrential rainstorm or major snow melt in the winter. The service pros at Atlas Butler can perform sump pump service and maintenance checks upon request, but there are a few things you can do yourself to keep your sump running smoothly.

  1. Keep the basin clear of debris. Unplug the sump pump and clear any dirt, dust, standing water, and other debris away from the area. Next, remove the pump itself for a thorough cleaning, especially the screen. You can use a garden hose or a solution of vinegar and water; the latter will also disinfect.
  2. Check the sump pump for corrosion. If you see any parts of the sump pump that are broken, or look worn out or corroded, then call Atlas Butler to have a look at it. It could be time for a replacement.
  3. Inspect the discharge pipe. Make sure the pipe is clear of blockages and that water can flow freely through it. Water should discharge far away from your home’s foundation to prevent seepage and other infiltration.
  4. Test the sump pump. After you’ve put everything back in place, it’s time to test the sump pump. Add five gallons of water to the basin and let the sump pump run. Make sure it’s running properly and pay attention to the float. Whether you’re conducting routine maintenance or not, you should test your sump pump at least once a year, especially before rainy months.

Taking good care of your sump pump is worth it, especially if you want it to last for at least 10 years. If you have issues with your sump pump or need to buy a new one, call Atlas Butler at 614-681-2183. We are available 24/7/365 for service calls and emergencies, and our phones are answered by a live person. You can depend on us for the prompt, professional service we have provided in Central Ohio for more than 100 years.