Sump pump maintenance is not exciting. But, when you consider functioning properly sump pumps can save you thousands of dollars in water damage, excitement is not the issue. Protecting your home is the issue.
How you ask? Water can cause harm to nearly every material and can reach it easily once in your home. Imagine, if your sump pump failed, what water can do to furniture, rugs, carpets paneling and appliances. And that is just the first stage. What if you do not find your water problem right away? Mold and mildew usually follow causing a mess and can sometimes lead to health issues. Sump pumps are wonderful when they work, disaster if they don’t.
Why Sump Pumps Need Maintenance
Sump pumps are basic machines and do not often require much maintenance. If your sump pump was working last season and has been reliable in general, there are only a couple of things for you to be aware of –
- Dry motors can seize – pumps are made to be used. Sitting through a “dry” winter, where there are no thaws, like we have had the past two years in Waukesha WI, sump pump components become dry and stiff. This is common when sump pumps are not used for extended periods.
- Gummy components can stick – portions of sump pumps do sit under water even during periods of non-use. 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
Whatever situation causes a sump pump to not do its job is bad news. Whether it is a seized motor or a bad electrical connection, a pump failure can be a big problem when snow is melting. And, it’s like the perfect storm when the pump sits idle for a long period and then is hit with a deluge of water from a snow melt. If it fails at that moment, bad things will happen. 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
To extend the life of your sump pump, consider the following ideas on a quarterly basis. They will help keep your sump pump operating as reliably as possible. The goal is avoiding unwanted expense from failed sump pumps and water damage.
- 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.
- 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.
- Be sure all vents and air holes are clean for maximum effectiveness.
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..
To learn more about sump pump maintenance contact Schoenwalder Plumbing. We serve Waukesha WI and Lake Country including Hartland, Pewaukee, Oconomowoc, Dousman, Brookfield and Elm Grove. Our professional plumbers can help you get the details you need to make the best water heater decision for your home.
Give our experts a call at 262-542-7908 or email for sump pump maintenance in Waukesha WI.