The Importance of Maintain your Sump Pump

If you live in an area that is prone to heavy rain, or you have groundwater in your community; you likely have a sump pump installed in your home. Not all homes require sump pumps, but when they are deemed necessary because of groundwater, site grading, etc.- Covington Homes installs a sump pump. Sump pumps are designed to help prevent water damage by removing excess water from your basement mechanical room or crawlspace. While sump pumps are an important tool for preventing water damage, they require regular maintenance to ensure that they are functioning properly. Here are some reasons why maintaining your sump pump is so important:

  • Prevents water damage: The primary purpose of a sump pump is to prevent water damage to your home. If your sump pump fails to function properly, water can build up in your basement or crawlspace, causing damage to your property. Regular maintenance can help prevent your sump pump from malfunctioning and ensure that it is able to do its job effectively.
  • Extends the life of your sump pump: Like any other appliance in your home, your sump pump has a limited lifespan. However, with proper maintenance, you can extend the life of your sump pump and avoid costly repairs or replacement. Regular maintenance can help keep your sump pump running smoothly and prevent premature failure.
  • Saves you money: Water damage can be incredibly expensive to repair. By maintaining your sump pump and preventing water damage, you can save yourself a significant amount of money in the long run. The cost of regular maintenance is far less than the cost of repairing water damage caused by a malfunctioning sump pump.
  • Improves air quality: A malfunctioning sump pump can cause moisture to build up in your basement or crawlspace, which can lead to mildew growth. Regular maintenance of your sump pump can help prevent moisture buildup and improve the air quality in your home.

So, how do you maintain your sump pump? Here are some tips:

  • Test your sump pump regularly: To ensure that your sump pump is working properly, you should test it at least quarterly. To do this, simply pour a bucket of water into the sump pit- we recommend 5 gallons. The sump pump should turn on and begin removing water from the pit.
  • Keep the sump pump clean: Debris and other materials can clog your sump pump, preventing it from functioning properly. You should check your sump pump regularly and remove any debris that you find.
  • Purchase a battery backup AND Replace the battery backup as necessary: If you purchase a battery backup for your sump pump, you should replace the battery at least once every two years. This will ensure that the backup power supply is working properly in the event of a power outage.
  • Schedule professional maintenance: It's a good idea to have your sump pump inspected by a professional at least once a year. A professional can identify any issues with your sump pump and make sure that it is functioning properly.

By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your sump pump is working properly and is able to protect your home from water damage. Remember, regular maintenance is key to keeping your sump pump functioning properly and preventing costly repairs down the road.