If you don’t want to waste your time and money dealing with water damage, go ahead and take care of your sump pump now even though it’s not very exciting.
Water may seem harmless when you drink it, but if a leak occurs, much more harm than good will be done. Your walls, floors, furniture, and more would be facing damage if your pump ever gave out. Of course, sometimes you don’t notice that you’ve got a leak. It is common, when you’ve got undetected water in your home, for mildew and mold to begin to grow.
Why Sump Pumps Need Maintenance
You shouldn’t really need to do much to your sump pump since they are pretty low maintence. 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 – Cold weather can prove to give homeowners problems because the pump is not able to move, and keep things loose…it is a pump afterall, it’s used to moving around a lot.
Gummy components can stick – Just because you aren’t using it, doesn’t mean your pump isn’t in water. When idle, parts get gummy as particles in the water settle. It is tougher on the motor and increases the chances of it seizing when started after a long period.
Sump Pump Failure Is Bad News In Waukesha WI
It really doesn’t matter what the reason is, you never want your pump to fail. It’s unavoidable that every pump will give out at some point; but there are some tips that can help your pump live a little longer.
Sump Pump Maintenance Options
Using these guideline frequently (3-4 times annualy) will extend the life of your pump.
Vinegar is a great substance to run through your pump. This will to clean gummy deposits and particles that can settle and will not allow parts to dry. A homeowner can do this.
To keep your pump from turning on by itself, and to avoid flooding, keep the switch area open and away from anything that could accidentally engage it.
You also want to make sure that the pump can get plenty of air flow.
Sump pump maintenance is relatively easy and can keep your home protected. You will be able to avoid big time damage and a lot of dollars, by maintaining your sump pump just as you do the rest of your home.
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