Take care of the Sump pump and keep the basement dry.

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People who have a sump pump in their home will tell you they could not do without one. Like many other home appliances, a sump pump requires maintenance. If you want to know how to clean and maintain your sump pump to ensure its long life, then you’ve come to the right place! Ok, So are saying you are a Realtor.  Yes but I am a homeowner too and I have learned a lot between neighbors, professionals and parents along the way that can easily be shared with others.  So here we go...

It is often recommended that you do not clean the sump pump yourself but leave that task to someone who is qualified. However, you can pour white vinegar through the unit which will help eliminate any build-up in the system. Sump pumps have screens or openings where the water enters the pump. These sometimes get clogged and require cleaning by a professional.

Some manufacturers recommend the sump pump be run and tested every two to three months and others recommend that a yearly cleaning program be completed before the rainy season hits. If you follow the maintenance guide given by the manufacturer, your sump pump should last a very long time.

Below are some tips regarding sump pump maintenance:

  • fill the sump pit with water to make sure the pump is working properly.
  • go outside to check that the pump is actually discharging water (sometimes the pump will run but it won’t pump any water out).
  • check that the operation of the float is not restricted.
  • clean the air hole in the discharge line.
  • listen for any strange noises coming from the motor.
  • replace the battery on the back-up sump pump every second or third year.

If you clean and maintain your sump pump properly and regularly, you’ll extend its lifespan.

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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
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Stan:  I had not even thought about taking care of sump pumps since I moved from Mentor, Ohio in 1982.  I have never seen one here in Texas, mostly because I have never sold in any areas in Texas that had basements.  They just don't exist here.  Obviously, that is good news and bad news, at the same time.

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Lizette Fitzpatrick
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This is really some great info. I know people around here that NEVER clean the sump pump at all.

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