In the basement of your home, you can find the sump pump, which is used to impel water outside or into the drainage system of the house. The sump pump is very important for keeping your basement dry. Maintaining your sump pump not only confirms its functionality, but also lessens the amount of the homeowner’s stress during the seasonal changes.

The majority of sump pumps have water-level alarms that indicate whether or not the pump is working properly. Some high-tech systems can actually alert your alarm company if the water rises. Usually, sump pumps are quite reliable, but that shouldn’t dissuade you from performing regular maintenance on your sump pump. In order to certify that your plumbing operation is working properly, make sure to inspect it every couple of months and before any severe rainstorms. Simple maintenance for your sump pump can be accomplished following these guidelines:

  • Check to see that your pump is connected to a working ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI); breakers may trip, causing the sump pump to shut off.
  • Sometimes during operation, vibration can cause the pump to tilt or fall over, potentially causing a jam. Make sure the pump is standing vertical.
  • To ensure that your pump can start, occasionally pour a bucket of water into the pit. Have the pump repaired if it doesn’t start automatically.
  • Small stones in the grate can jam the inlet or cause damage. You can avoid this by cleaning the grate on the bottom of the submersible pump.
  • Your outlet pipes should be compacted together and emptying out a minimum of 20 feet away from your foundation.
  • The vent hole of your discharge pipe should be checked to see whether or not it’s clear.

If you’re experiencing any trouble with your drainage system or need a plumping repair, contact us at (317) 445-8399. At Westside Plumbing, we provide plumbers to anyone in the Indy area—Zionsville, Danville, Plainfield, and Avon. You will be happy with our plumbing expertise.

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