What Happens During an Annual Sump Pump Maintenance Appointment?

Feb 05, 2024

What Happens During an Annual Sump Pump Maintenance Appointment?

Many appliances throughout your home can benefit from regular maintenance. Sump pumps are no different.

To ensure your sump pump is ready for the next season of heavy rain or potential flooding, be sure to have your system maintained regularly. In Rescon Basement Solutions’ latest blog post, we’ll discuss why sump pumps need maintenance, what happens during maintenance, and other ways to improve your sump pump’s performance.

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Why Do Sump Pumps Need Maintenance?

Sump pumps work hard to keep water out of your basement. They’re installed in a pit and work by pushing water away from the home when water reaches a certain level within the pit. This keeps water from otherwise flowing towards your foundation and potentially infiltrating your basement.

They require maintenance to ensure they’ll work properly when needed. Over time, sump pumps can accumulate debris, dirt, and sediment in the pit, which might impede their function. Without regular maintenance, these pumps might fail when you need them the most, leading to potential flooding and water damage in your basement.

Additionally, parts of the sump pump, such as the motor, switches, and valves, can wear out or become less efficient over time. Regular maintenance allows professionals to inspect these components, detect any issues early, and address them before they escalate into larger problems.

What Happens During Sump Pump Maintenance?

During sump pump maintenance, you can expect your technician to provide the following services:

A Visual Inspection

The first step of any sump pump maintenance appointment is to perform a visual inspection of the system. Your technician will check for any visible signs of wear, damage, or corrosion.

Test for Functionality

Next, they will test the pump for functionality. This is often done by pouring water into the pit to ensure the float switch triggers the pump’s activation. This step confirms that the pump is operational and responds correctly to rising water levels.

Thorough Cleaning

Dirt and other debris can accumulate within the pit and cause performance issues with the system. Your technician will thoroughly clean the pit to ensure that the pump functions optimally without obstructions.

Inspect the Check Valve

The check valve prevents water from flowing back into the sump pit after the pump has expelled it. Your technician will ensure this valve is functioning correctly to maintain the pump’s efficiency.

Check Electrical and Motor Parts

The motor and electrical components should be inspected for any signs of wear, corrosion, or electrical issues that might affect the pump’s performance.

Test the Backup if Applicable

Finally, if your sump pump has a battery backup, the technician will likely check and test the battery to ensure it runs properly in case of a power outage.

Other Ways to Improve Sump Pump Performance

Beyond regular maintenance, there are a few other things you can do to keep your sump pump performing at top performance levels.

First, consider installing a backup power source like a battery backup or generator. These ensure your pump operates during power outages and other crucial moments during heavy storms.

Additionally, you can your sump pump’s functionality on your own at any time. You can do this by pouring water into the pit to confirm it activates and pumps water efficiently. Always direct discharged water away from your home’s foundation to prevent seepage.

What to Do if Your Sump Pump Experiences Issues

If your sump pump encounters problems, the first step is to check its power supply. Ensure the pump is receiving power and reset tripped breakers or replace blown fuses if needed. Then, inspect the float switch to ensure it moves freely and isn’t stuck, as this could prevent pump activation. Also, be sure to keep the sump pit clean and free of debris to avoid obstructions.

If you’re still experiencing sump pump issues, contact a professional. If you require replacement or repair services, they’ll be able to provide and recommend the best possible solution to keep your basement safe.

Choose Rescon for Sump Pump Services in Southern New Hampshire & Eastern Massachusetts

At Rescon Basement Solutions, our in-house team of experienced technicians can help your basement stay free from potential flooding with sump pump maintenance. If any issues are discovered during maintenance, we’ve got the knowledge and experience to provide the proper repair or replacement.

Homeowners throughout Southern New Hampshire and Eastern Massachusetts can count on Rescon for high-quality basement and foundation services. Give us a call or contact us online today to get started.