Is your sump pump ready for spring?
April showers bring May flowers is the saying, but it also brings flooded basements. The steps below will help prevent the unexpected.
1) Clean the Screen - Unplug your pump and disconnect it from the discharge pipe and pull the pump out of the sump pump. Hose away and debris on the screen at hte umps base and rinse the housing.
2) Inspect the check valve - If the internal flap doesn't swing freely, flush it out and if you see in mineral deposits, soak it in vinegar. Making sure the arrow is pointing up when reconnecting it to the discharge pipe.
3) Test the float switch - Pour a few gallons of water into the sump. If it comes on and sucks out the water, the switch and pump are good to go. If not, repair or replace the switch.
4) Exercise the outlet - Per code, a sump pump has to be plugged into a GFCI receptacle. For your safety, press its test and reset buttons.
You're now ready for the spring rains!