Although it’s never really a fun project, keeping up with the needs of your sump pump can save you a ton of money in the future.
Water may seem harmless when you drink it, but if a leak occurs, much more harm than good will be done. Picture the scenario of your sump pump just stopping: it would ruin all of the work you put into your lovely home. Of course, sometimes you don’t notice that you’ve got a leak. You don’t want to find any mildew or mold growing because you didn’t find the water damage.
Why Sump Pumps Need Maintenance
What’s great about these pumps is how simple they are, thus needed less attention then more complicated systems. There are just a couple things to look out for if your pump has been reliable in the past few times you’ve needed it.
Dry motors can seize – pumps are made to be used. Sitting through a “dry” winter, where there are no thaws, sump pump components become dry and stiff.
Gummy components can stick – There will always be some components that sit in the water. “Gumminess” is caused by little, tiny pieces in the water getting stuck on the pump, which causes some pieces to get kind of sticky. This resistance makes starting the pump difficult, and can make it tough to keep the pump going.
Sump Pump Failure Is Bad News In Waukesha WI
You don’t ever want to find out that your pump is broken when you really need it. The good news is that while all mechanical devices will fail at some point, there are things you can do to extend your sump pumps life.
Sump Pump Maintenance Options
Using these guideline frequently (3-4 times annualy) will extend the life of your pump.
Prepare a vinegar solution and run it through your pump. By running vinegar through your pump, a homeowner can remove all of those gummy particles and let the pump dry fully.
You may face flooding if the pump turns on automatically, so make sure the switch isn’t near anything that can restrict it.
You also want to make sure that the pump can get plenty of air flow.
It’s not expensive or diffucult to take care of a sump pump. Just add this into the routine you normally have for maintaining your household, and you shou;dn’t have any big problems.
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