Easy Steps To Help Maintain Your Sump Pump


If you live in a flooding zone then you need to be prepared for water ingress, the damage it can do to your home, and emotional response to the water entering your property. 

One of the most common ways to prevent or reduce the damage caused is to have a sump pump. This is a pump fitted into a pit in the basement of your home. It has a sensor that automatically turns the pump on when it detects water. The pump sends the water out of the house.

It is essential to maintain this pump properly to make sure it works when you need it to. If you don’t it is likely to fail when you need it the most.

Fortunately, maintenance is surprisingly simple.

Test the Pump

You should test the pump periodically. This means adding water to the pit to cover the sensor. As soon as the sensor detects the water the pump should kick in. That’s a good start.

If it doesn’t you may need to be looking at new submersible pumps. However, you should note that there are several issues that need to be checked before you assume the pump is failing. For example, there may be a power issue with the pump or the sensor may not be working correctly. 

It is a good idea to get a professional to look at it for you.

Clean The Pump

The pit is the lowest point in your home and the most likely to get slime and gunk building up. This can get on the pump and affect its ability to do the job when required. You need to lift the pump out once or twice a year. This will allow you to clean it and the pit. 

If you don’t the gunk in the pit can quickly block the pump motor and cause the pump to overheat and fail.


It is possible to service the pump yourself. One of the biggest concerns is the pump bearings. You will need to check your owner’s manual to find out how to look after the bearings and how often this needs to be done. If they are failing it is best to get the professionals to replace them for you. 


One thing that many people overlook is the electrics to the pump. These can be sat in water and they are also exposed to damage from the pump and pests. It is important to check the wiring is good and that the circuit breaker works properly. This will ensure your pump has power when it needs it.

The Drain Pipe

A sump pump pushes the water out of your basement through a pipe to the outside world. It is essential that you check this pipe is clear or the water won’t be going anywhere. There should be a filter in this pipe that can be checked and cleaned. You will also need to check that the end of the pipe is clear.

It is a good idea to invest in a drain inspection camera as you can run this through the pipe and verify it is clear.

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