Sump pumps can be invaluable devices, especially for those living in Baltimore. By removing unwanted and excess water from the lowest part of your house, usually a basement, these useful devices can help to protect your home from a slew of problems due to water damage and mold. To keep your sump pump in good working order, follow these tips. For more information regarding sump pumps, or for a diagnostic checkup of your system, enlist the help of a trained basement waterproofing professional.
Connect Pump to Reliable Power Supply
Plug your sump pump in to a functioning GFCI outlet, which can cut off electrical currents flowing through it when tripped. Periodically inspect your GCFI outlet to make sure it has not been tripped and needs to be reset. Routinely check your power-supply cords for damage. Also, it is highly recommended that you have backup power sources in the case of a power outage. A basement waterproofing professional can help you design a battery backup system for your sump pump.
Keep Your Pump Upright
When sump pumps are in use, they are inclined to vibrate. This means that they can potentially move around or fall over, which can damage them or cause them not to work properly. Periodically check your pump to make sure it is standing upright and in the same position in which it was installed.
Perform Routine Maintenance
Even though sump pumps tend to be very reliable, they still need to be maintained. Check your pump’s outlet pipes for leaks, damages, or clogs, and check its vent hole for blockage. Disconnect your pump’s power supply and inspect its submersible pump by removing it from its pit. When your pump is working, it can suck in all manner of particles and debris. If you notice dirt or pebbles trapped in its grates, clean it out.