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How to Clean Sump Pump?

How to Clean Sump Pump?

How to Clean Sump Pump?

Sump pump cleaning is rarely taken seriously by most homeowners until their property becomes flooded due to sediment and debris buildup. People are mostly concerned with the maintenance and replacement of the air conditioner, heater, refrigerator and other essential home appliances. However, cleaning the Sump Pump is a vital home safety maintenance task, and every homeowner should be knowledgeable about it.

We developed this mini-guild to ensure your foundation is adequately protected from rising underground water and flood. Interestingly, this DIY plumbing chore isn’t as difficult as most people may think. All you need to do is follow our procedure.

Step One

Tools and Safety

Get ready the following tools for the task:

  • Gloves
  • A large bucket
  • A shop vac
  • Scraping tool
  • Garden hose
  • A piece of plastic sheeting

Then your safety is paramount as you work on the sump pump. Make sure you know about the weather forecast and turn off the water at your washing machine or any part of the building that drains directly to the sump pit. Secondly, the power to your sump pump should be turned off at the main circuit panel.

Step Two

Sump Pump Removal

Removing the sump pump could be messy, but you need to use the gloves. So gradually remove the pump from the pit, wrap it with a plastic sheet and take to a different spot for thorough cleaning.

Wrap your Pump in a Plastic Sheet 

Try to remove the pump from the pit without letting it make a mess all over the floor. Sludge and dirt may be caked on the pump, so you should carry it outside to clean it thoroughly.

Step Three

Sump Pump Cleaning

There will be a lot of dirt, mud, or sediment that covers your sump pump, so the garden hose is the right equipment for thorough cleaning. If there is caked mud on the pump, use an object to remove them. Then you need to rinse the pump once more. Inspect the pit and with the shop Vac, suck up any standing water in the bottom of the sump pit.

Step Four

Reinstall the Sump Pump

Put back the pump in the pit and connect it back to the discharge pipe and check valve. Reconnect it to the AC power.

Last Step

At this stage, you’re good to go, but you need to ensure that the float switch moves smoothly to the off and on positions. And there is a need to also check if the sump pump is working correctly. Fill up the pit with water to trigger the float switch to turn on the pump, then wait a while to ensure its working perfectly.

If you think this sump pump cleaning process is overwhelming or you do not have the tools to embark on the task, then, call professional plumbers from Drain Doctor.

There is no limitation to the service you will get when you call Drain Doctor for your sump pump cleaning and other plumbing services. Our job isn’t done until your sump pump functions efficiently, and you’re 100% satisfied