how to clean a sump pump

What is a sump pump and How do I clean it?

Sump pumps are one of those items that you don’t think about until you need to invest in one. And then, you’re thrilled you have one! A small sump pump is installed in the lowest part of your basement or crawlspace. Its job is to remove groundwater accumulated around your foundation and prevent it from flooding your basement or crawlspace.

While most homes have a sump pump, not all sump pumps are created equal. There are different types of sump pumps; the right one will depend on your specific needs. So, for example, if you live in an area with a high water table, you’ll need a sump pump that can handle a higher volume of water.

Sump pumps are relatively simple devices, but they can help keep your basement or crawlspace dry. If you’re unsure if you need a sump pump or which type is right for you, talk to a professional contractor specializing in waterproofing basements and crawlspaces. They can help you determine whether a sump pump is necessary for your home and which type would suit your situation.

If you have a sump pump, you know it can be a lifesaver during heavy rains or when there is a lot of water around your home. But, like any other mechanical device, sump pumps must be maintained and cleaned regularly to ensure they are working correctly. Let’s take a look at this step-by-step guide on how to clean your sump pump:

How to clean a sump pump
Example of a submergible pump

How to clean

  1. For safety precautions, you will first need to start by disconnecting all the power to your pump and the area in which you work.
  2. Next, you will want to remove the cover to the sump pit. This will give you access to the pump itself.
  3. Using a garden hose, flush the inside of the sump pit or hole. This will allow the removal of any dirt or debris that has accumulated inside.
  4. Once the sump pit is clean, you can now remove the pump from the hole.
  5. Disassemble the pump so that you can access all of the different parts.
  6. Using a soft brush, clean off all of the different parts of the sump pump. The impeller is sensitive, so ensure that you pay special attention to the impeller, as this is what helps move the water.
  7. Once all the parts are clean, you can reassemble the sump pump and put it back into the sump pit.
  8. Reconnect the power to your sump pump and test it to ensure it works properly.

So, following these simple steps may ensure that your sump pump is clean and working correctly. Regular maintenance will help prolong your pump’s life and keep your home safe from flooding.