Many homes are equipped with a sump pump to push extra water from heavy rains away from the house. In order to keep the sump pumps in optimal working condition, it is best to schedule routine maintenance once each year with a residential plumbing service. Most homeowners choose to do this in the spring, but it can be done any time of year, so long as you set-up your maintenance for that same time period the following year. Below is a list of four reasons this service is so important.
Dirt and Algae Build-Up
Over the course of the year, dirt and algae will begin to build-up within your sump pump. While a little bit won't make much of a difference, over time this build-up can lead to the overheating of your machine, as well as clogged pipes. A plumber will take a few minutes to flush the system to remove all the dirt and algae so that your system is in like-new condition once again.
Outer Condition of the Pump
Your residential plumbing serviceman will examine the outside of your sump pump to make sure the cord isn't damaged and that the ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet is in proper working condition. Otherwise, you are at risk for the breaker tripping, or even an electrical fire if the cord is impaired. He will also make sure the sump pump hasn't moved due to vibrations.
Properly Working Flotation Device
The part of the sump pump that tells it when to turn on and start evicting the excess water is the flotation device. If this isn't working properly, the entire sump pump won't be able to do the job it was designed to do. During the routine maintenance, the flotation device will be examined and if a new one is needed, it will be replaced. This takes just a few minutes but is part of keeping your system working to its fullest capacity.
Address Any Mechanical Issues
Depending on the age of your sump pump, routine maintenance brings to light mechanical issues. Having these problems, like the freezing up of the impeller, fixed immediately means you won't have to deal with more significant (and costly) repairs down the road. Your plumber will also be able to recommend the best time to replace the entire unit once it starts to reach a certain age.
Following the above steps will keep your sump pump in excellent working condition for as long as possible, thus saving you a great deal of money in the long run. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Watson Plumbing.