You could say that the sump pump is the foundation of home plumbing — literally.

Sump pumps are responsible for removing water that has accumulated in the sump basin and keeping rain and groundwater away from the home’s foundation.

When a sump pump fails to do its job, homes suffer from water damage, basement flooding, and ensuing mold issues.

Like any important cog in your home’s plumbing machinery, you want to follow routine maintenance for your sump pump.

There’s a lot you can do, but our local plumber recommends these five sump pump maintenance tips.

1. Test Your Sump Pump

There are many things you don’t want to use unless absolutely necessary — your car’s air bags, for instance. With a sump pump, however, it’s recommended that you actually test the device to make sure it’s working. You can do this by pouring water into the sump pit.

As soon as you pour enough water to activate the float mechanism, your pump should remove the water and turn off quickly. When the pump stops, keep an ear out for running water and make sure nothing is stuck in a different place.

2. Remove Debris Near Your Sump Pump

Like any pump, a sump pump should be free and clear. If you have debris surrounding your sump pump, it’s far more likely to clog. Remove dirt, sand, and any other debris routinely. You could use a wet or dry shop vacuum for this job.

3. Know When To Replace It

Your sump pump won’t last a lifetime. If your sump pump shows signs of malfunctioning or is getting on in years, call your local plumber to take a look. They might recommend maintenance or a sump pump replacement. It pays here to have a master local plumber, as you can trust their discretion.

4. Backup Your Pump

In the event of a water incident, your sump pump is your home’s line of defense between salvation and devastation. We know that sounds intense, but, if you’ve ever dealt with the repercussions of a flooded basement, you know we’re not being hyperbolic.

You could use a marine-grade battery that powers your sump pump in the event of a power outage, or you could use your home’s water supply line to force water away out of the pit.

A local plumber can walk through these options with you and install them as well.

5. Have A Plumber Available 24-7

While preventative maintenance can avoid costly and inconvenient situations, there’s nothing like having the support of a local plumber. Should any water incident befall your home, a 24-7 local plumber can be there quickly to prevent further damage from occurring. Plus, sometimes it takes an expert to diagnose a sump pump and perform the preventative maintenance.

As such, we recommend having the number of a local plumber on-hand.

About VP Plumbing In Ames

At VP Plumbing, our team of master plumbers has 20 years of experience with sump pump maintenance, installation, and repair.

We’re available for emergency scenarios in the Ames community, so be sure to keep us in mind if you need sump pump repair after hours.

Schedule an appointment today with our local plumbing company in Ames!