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.
You wouldn’t think that water is able to harm your home, but when something goes wrong with your plumbing, there can be some serious damage done. Imagine, if your sump pump failed, what water can do to furniture, rugs, carpets paneling and appliances. 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
The mechanics of a sump pump are pretty basic, which makes them pretty low maintence. 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 – Sump pumps, like with all pumps, are meant to pump continously. When they go through a period with nos use, they can sometimes be a little more difficult to work with because they are not used to moving around.
Gummy components can stick – There will always be some components that sit in the 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
Having a pump that won’t start is never a good thing. 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
These tips are great to use about four times a year.
Prepare a vinegar solution and run it through your pump. The homeowner can use the vinegar solution to get rid of the residue in the pump.
Check to be sure the float switch on the pump is not restricted. A restricted float switch will keep your sump pump from automatically engaging and can allow a flood to occur.
Clean vents and air holes will assist in keeping your pump running as it should.
Sump pump maintenance is relatively easy and can keep your home protected. 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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