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How to Clean Your Sump Pump | Everything You Need to Know

If you own a sump pump, then you know how important it is to keep it clean and well-maintained. A sump pump is responsible for removing excess water from your basement or crawl space. It helps to prevent flooding and water damage. In this blog post, we’ll discuss why it’s important to clean your sump pump, how to clean it with household items, and what happens if you don’t clean it.

Why You Need to Clean Your Sump Pump

Over time, dirt, debris, and other materials can accumulate in your sump pump pit. This can cause your sump pump to work less efficiently. If your sump pump isn’t working at its full capacity, it won’t be able to keep up with the water entering your basement or crawl space, which can lead to flooding and water damage.

What You Will Need

The good news is that you don’t need much, only a few household items:
It’s important to wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from any dirt or debris that may be in the sump pump pit. Make sure you’re staying safe while doing this.

How to Clean Your Sump Pump

There are many kinds of sump pumps, but these simple steps can help you clean most of them. Give us a call if you need any help.
  1. Turn off the power to your sump pump to ensure your safety. You can do this by unplugging it or turning off the circuit breaker that powers it.
  2. Remove the sump pump cover and use a scrub brush to remove any dirt, debris, or other materials that may have accumulated in the sump pump pit.
  3. Use a hose to flush out the sump pump pit and remove any remaining debris.
  4. Use a screwdriver to remove the sump pump float switch and clean it with a scrub brush.
  5. Check the sump pump discharge line to ensure that it’s not clogged or obstructed.
  6. Once you have cleaned all of the components, reassemble the sump pump and turn the power back on.

What Happens If You Don’t Clean Your Sump Pump

If you don’t clean your sump pump, it may not be able to keep up with the water entering your basement or crawl space. No one wants to deal with flooding and water damage. Additionally, a dirty sump pump may not work as efficiently, which can lead to higher energy bills.
Cleaning your sump pump is an important part of maintaining your home and preventing water damage. By following the simple steps outlined in this blog post, you can keep it clean and working efficiently. We recommend cleaning it at least once a year to ensure that it’s always in top condition.
If you need to repair or replace your sump pump, feel free to contact Windy City Rooter for a free no-obligation estimate.
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