One of the after effects of the record rainfall and storms this summer is a few flooded basements. One of the important roles sump pump plays is to prevent these natural disasters. However, during this past summer, most homeowners were dealt a major blow because their sump pump malfunctioned and thus they were not protected. The real secret why these sump pumps malfunctioned has to do poor or lack of maintenance. Only a clean and a well-maintained sump pump can give you security and peace of mind during the rainy season. The following are the three steps you should take so that you can protect your sump pump which in turn protects you against basement flooding whenever there is one. Visual examination Visual examination remains one of the smartest ways to determine the efficiency of your sump pump on a regular basis. If there is a problem you will know as early as possible and thus, you would be able to fix it before it becomes too late. You should not wait till the wet season before you check up your sump pump. A simple shortcut to determine if your sump pump is still working perfectly is to gradually pour one bucket of water into the sump pit. If the sump pump starts automatically, then, it is still in good shape. Otherwise, call on the professionals at Visalia’s Best Plumbing Practice regular clean up exercise It does not matter how well you maintain, your sump pump, the screen of your filter will still attract pieces of dirt such as mud, leaves and pebbles. Clogs, premature shutoff of the pump and standing water in your basement are three of the major effects these accumulation of dirt will have on your sump pump. Here’s what you should do when you have confirmed that your sump pump needs to be cleaned;
Clean the filter
Clean the entire pump and pit carefully.
Here's a 7-step checklist of what to do when you want to clean the entirety of your pump;
Ensure that the filter is wiped clean completely
Carry the sump pump outside along the drain line after unplugging.
After disconnecting the drain line, use a hose to completely drain out any dirt or clogs
Use water to flush the entire sump pump unit.
Clean the entire sump pit meticulously
Remove anything that could be a barrier to the drain line.
Reconnect the pump and pour water into the sump pit. Make sure the whole unit now works perfectly.
When does your sump pump needs to be replaced? As with anything in life, there is time for everything. If you take care of your sump pump very, it will be durable. But bear in mind that within seven years, it is likely that you will need to buy a new sump pump. This is the reality. Should you have used your sump pump for at most seven years, consider replacing it before it fails completely. Do not forget that the security of your home matters a lot. By the way, most sump pumps come with additional battery. Ensure that you go through your owner's manual to know the period when you should replace the pump's battery. This period is considerably less than the period for which the whole unit has to be replaced. For expert help on the maintenance, on demand water heater Visalia, repair and/or replacement for your sump pump, contact Visalia’s Best Plumbing. Our services are fast, guaranteed and affordable.