A working, well maintained sump pump can be the difference of 2 feet of water in your basement or just
If you need a sump pump in Toronto to keep your basement clean and dry, you’ll be interested in keeping it in tip top shape. We install the modern variety that have email, text and alarm notifications. Take advantage of our on-site assessment.
Maintaining them is a great way to get the most from one of these products. Here’s 5 tips that will help you to do just that.
Check The Sump Pump Level
If the sump pump is not levelled properly, the float arm can get jammed. When that happens, the unit won’t turn on when it’s needed. This is also a great time to disconnect your sump pump and check for any loose wires that can cause problems.
Plan For Emergencies
You need to have a backup source of power if you have an electrical sump pump. A storm can knock out your home’s power when you need the unit the most. A generator or a marine battery pack are both good solutions.
If you decide on an electrical charger, mount it on the wall or buy a plastic case.
Clear The Weeping Tile Drainage
Clogs and blockages in your pipes can stop a sump pump from working properly. Rinsing off the screen at the end of the pipes removes debris. Homeowners can also use a plumber’s snake to clean the pipe where it connects to the sump pump.
There are a few things that you can do every 3 to 4 months to make sure everything is working properly. Cleaning the inlet screen is important and so is checking to see if the power cord is connected. A practice run every 3 to 4 months is a good idea. That’s where you dump some water in to make sure the float raises and the sump pump turns on.
Yearly Sump Pump in Toronto Tips
The unit should be cleaned and inspected at least once a year. Look at the owner’s manual to find out if the bearings need to be oiled or greased. This is also a good time to clean the sump out.
Finally, here’s a few noises your sump pump makes that you should be paying attention too.
• A low humming noise is completely normal. Keep an eye out to make sure that it’s still pumping water. If the humming becomes louder and the water flow stops, you might have a valve that’s stuck.
• A grinding noise is always a red flag. If you hear that, give us a call because you might have a bad impeller. It might only be jammed and not need to be replaced.
• A banging noise might not be as serious as it sounds. It could simply be a discharge pipe that’s come loose. The solution might be as simple as some 12-gauge wire or an extra bracket to keep the noisy pipe in place.
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