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When the heavy rains come is when you need your sump pump the most! , Many homes have a sump pump installed “just in case” a flooding situation happens such as from heavy rainfall or if a pipe bursts in the basement. Sump pumps come in submersible and pedestal styles.

The sump pump should discharge the water to the home’s yard and not be hooked up to the sanitary sewer or discharge into a sink or other drain.

Sump pumps often sit for a long time without use and it is a good idea to do simple maintenance as outlined below, to keep your sump pump in good shape.

Quarterly:

  • Clean pump inlet screen;
  • Check power cord.
  • Dump a bucket of water into the sump to raise the float and make sure the pump turns on.

Yearly:

  • Clean it and inspect it;
  • Check the Owner’s Manual to see if the pump bearings require grease or oil. If you do not have the manual look it up on the Internet using the manufacturer and model number of your pump or contact the manufacturer.
  • Check power cord and make sure the cord is connected to power;
  • Dump a bucket of water into the sump to raise the float and make sure the pump turns on, adjusting the float if required.
 
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