Spending your hard earned dollars on maintaining you sump pump may not be ideal, but it does ensure that you wan’t have to face water damage because of it…that can easily cost a lot more.
A lot of people forget that too much water coming into an unwanted place too fast, can cause some big problems in your home. Consider all of the damage that water could do to ALL of your home furnishings if your pump were to fail. On the flip side, you may not even realize there’s any water damage until way later. 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. If you didn’t have any issues with your pump last time you needed it, it isn’t likely that you’ll have problems now; but keep an eye out for a few things to make sure.
Dry motors can seize – Since pump are made to move on a regular basis, the moving parts can become stiff if they are not used during, what is considered, a dry winter.
Gummy components can stick – portions of sump pumps do sit under water even during periods of non-use. The motor has a tough time getting going when it sits for a long time because susbstances in the water can stick to the pump and make it gummy.
Sump Pump Failure Is Bad News In Waukesha WI
Whatever situation causes a sump pump to not do its job is bad news. Even though sometimes pumps may fail, there are some things you can do to give it protection.
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. This will to clean gummy deposits and particles that can settle and will not allow parts to dry. A homeowner can do this.
It is important to keep the float switch free from restrictions so that the pump won’t start on its own.
Be sure all vents and air holes are clean for maximum effectiveness.
It is pretty simple to keep your house protected from flood when you take care of your sump pump. Just add this into the routine you normally have for maintaining your household, and you shou;dn’t have any big problems.
To learn more about sump pump maintenance contact Schoenwalder Plumbing.
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