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.
A lot of people forget that too much water coming into an unwanted place too fast, can cause some big problems in your home. Picture the scenario of your sump pump just stopping: it would ruin all of the work you put into your lovely home. On the flip side, you may not even realize there’s any water damage until way later. Mold and mildew usually follow causing a mess and can sometimes lead to health issues.
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 – 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 – At all times, at least some pieces if the pump will be submerged in 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
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
By performing these actions about four times a year, you may have a pump that lasts a very long time.
Vinegar is a great substance to run through your pump. By running vinegar through your pump, a homeowner can remove all of those gummy particles and let the pump dry fully.
It is important to keep the float switch free from restrictions so that the pump won’t start on its own.
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. Making this part of your regular home maintenance plan will save some money by either delaying the purchase of a replacement sump pump for years or by avoiding costly repairs…
If you’re interested in more info on these pumps, don’t hesitate to call Schoenwalder Plumbing.
We serve Waukesha WI and Lake Country including Hartland, Pewaukee, Oconomowoc, Dousman, Brookfield and Elm Grove.