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What Are the Best Ways to Expand the Lifespan of Your Sump Pump?

Jun 18 ,2019
Here's how you can expand the lifespan of your sump pump.

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A sump pump is a great tool that can help prevent water damage and flooding in your home’s basement. However, like any other tool, a sump pump must be properly maintained if you want to ensure that it is working properly throughout the entire year. The good news is that regularly scheduled maintenance, coupled with the right plumbing system, can help keep your basement dry and free of water damage even during the wet seasons.

Prolong the Lifespan of Your Sump Pump with Regularly Scheduled Maintenance

Did you know that sump pumps have a wide variety of benefits? In addition to being the first line of defense against flooding, sump pumps are also used to prevent mildew and mold. Through the following maintenance tips, you can ensure that your sump pump is working properly and save money by extending its lifespan.

  1. Check your primary pump’s power connection. Make sure that the pump is plugged in at all times and that the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) on the outlet has not been accidentally tripped.
  2. Regularly test your pump to ensure that it is working properly. To test your pump, you can simply pour a small bucket of water directly into the sump pit. If your pump is working properly, then it should automatically turn on within a few seconds. If the pump does not turn on, then you might need to call a professional to clean the sump pump, check its power source, and ensure that the float is working properly.
  3. As part of your sump pump’s regular annual maintenance, you should hire a plumbing expert to disconnect and thoroughly clean the pump. As part of their services, the professional will also make sure that the pump’s discharge line is free of any obstructions. The expert can also perform model-specific maintenance on the sump pump (as needed).

Through the above three maintenance tips, you can effectively prolong the lifespan of your sump pump so that it works as an integral component of your plumbing system.

Contact a Trusted Sump Pump Repair Service Today

Northern’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning is proud to offer a wide range of sump pump repair services to homeowners throughout the greater Minneapolis area. Our experienced and certified technicians are standing by to make sure that your sump pump is working properly throughout all four seasons. To help keep your basement free of water damage, mold, and mildew, we encourage you to contact a member of our team today to schedule annual maintenance and repairs for your sump pump.

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