As Spring rolls in, so does the wet weather. If you live in a home that has a sump pump, giving it a little attention can help keep the water out. Here are five things to consider.
5 Task To Help Protect Your Sump Pump
- You should be replacing your sump pump every 7-8 years, if it’s a unit that runs regularly. Meaning, the pump runs 4-7 times a week. Always replace with a pump with the same horsepower and GPM, Gallons per minute.
- If your pump does not run that often, say only with heavy rains, then testing it once a month is a good idea. Fill a 5-gallon bucket of water and pour the water into the pit to activate the pump.
- Cleaning your pit once a year is also a good idea. Unplug the pump and then use a small rake or garden shovel to scoop out any debris. At the base of the pump is a screen, use a toilet brush to clear out the holes on the screen to enhance the performance of the pump. For best results, the pump should be pulled from the pit for this maintenance tip.
- If you need to replace your pump it’s a good idea to also replace the check valve to make sure it is working properly as well.
- Inspect the discharge hose; if the hose goes in the yard make sure it is pitched correctly, not kinked or clogged.
These are just a few ideas to make sure that pump keeps running. If you need more advice just stop by your local Ace hardware store.
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