sump pumps are equipped with water level or flood alarms, usually battery
powered, that alert you if the pump isn’t working properly and water is backing
up. More sophisticated systems can notify your alarm company or call your cell
phone if the water starts to rise. Fortunately, this shouldn’t happen often.
Sump pumps on the whole are quite reliable. But as with any other important
piece of equipment, regular maintenance is always a good idea. Spend a few
minutes every couple of months, when heavy rains are forecast and in early
spring to ensure reliable sump pump operation. Basic sump pump maintenance is
usually as simple as doing these few jobs.
Make sure the pump is
plugged in to a working ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet and the
cord is in good shape. In damp areas, GFCI breakers may trip, effectively
shutting off the sump pump. Check in on your sump pump periodically so you can
reset the GFCI if necessary.
Ensure the pump itself
is standing upright. Vibrations during operation can cause it to fall or tilt
onto one side. This can jam the float arm so it can’t activate the pump.
Periodically pour a
bucket of water into the pit to make sure the pump starts automatically and the
water drains quickly once the pump is on. If the pump doesn’t start, have it
Physically remove a
submersible pump from the pit and clean the grate on the bottom. The sucking
action of the pump can pull small stones into the grate, blocking the inlet or
damaging the pump over time.
Ensure the outlet
pipes are tightly joined together and draining out at least 20 feet (6 meters)
away from your foundation.
Make sure the vent
hole in the discharge pipe is clear.
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