Despite their durability and little need for maintenance, a sump pump still needs a repair or two every now and then, just to make sure it is not broken during the times it is most needed. There are few things in life more frustrating than having your sump pump break down right in the middle of a heavy storm or flood. This would entail such exhausting activity as manually pumping the water out of your basement, not to mention the potential for great damage done to your property. Thus the need for a sump pump repair and maintenance check up every now and then, in order to ensure that your sump pump will be working when you need it to be.
Compared to most other devices, a sump pump is liable to wear in most of its parts because it is primarily a mechanical device, one that contains a significant number of moving parts. This means that many parts are bound to get loose from the areas they are usually fixed on. There are several particular parts of a sump pump that you need to examine well during a check up, as they are the ones that receive the most pressure (pun intended) during the operation of the pump itself:
Float â The float is the first part of the sump pump you should check out. This is because floats tend to get caught and tangled in all sorts of debris and whatnot. If this happens, it will not be able to determine whether water levels are manageable or not, and to put it shortly, your pump will simply not be able to work.
Valve â Another important part to check out when doing sump pump repair and maintenance is the valves, especially the check valve. This is because it is this valve that makes sure that any water that flows through the pipes away from your sump pump only does it in that direction and not back into the sump. This subjects the valve to a lot of pressure when the pump operates, therefore making it one of the parts of the pump more likely to break down under constant pressure.
Pipes and hoses â You should remember that the water that gets pumped away by your sump pump is not always pure. More often than not even, the water will be contaminated with all sorts of random elements that get swept along with its flow. The water may bring random debris such as mud, rocks and all other matter that will clog your pipes and hoses in time. Even lime deposits may build up on these pipes, forming a hard residue that is more difficult than the former matter.
Pump â The actual pump must also be inspected every now and then, as it, being a primarily mechanical device, will be prone to wear, rust and all other sorts of abuse, each requiring the necessary form of sump pump repair.