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How to Clean a Sump Pump

Did you know you should clean your sump pump at least once a year to ensure it functions properly? Given that a sump pump’s main job is to keep water from getting into your basement, keeping it working condition should be a top priority.

Before you clean a sump pump, disconnect the power and make sure none of your appliances are actively draining water to your sump pump. Once you gather a bucket, puddy knife or plastic scraper, and gloves, you’ll be able to get started!

Steps to Clean Your Sump Pump

  1. After you’ve double checked that the power is disconnected and your sump pump is off, remove it slowly from the connecting pipe.
  2. Place your sump pump in the bucket or wrap it in plastic to prevent getting water and debris all over the ground. Rinse off any dirt on the outside of the pump with a hose. Then, use the puddy knife to gently scrape off any stubborn debris that didn’t come off when you rinsed it off. Dry off the sump pump using a shop vacuum or towel.
  3. If the check valve can be removed from the pump, let any excess water drain from it before carefully removing it. Clean the check valve with water and remove any dirt or debris. Carefully reattach the check valve after you’ve allowed it to dry.
  4. Once your sump pump is completely dry, you can reattach the sump pump to the connecting pipe and turn the power back on.

Inspect Your Sump Pump for Damage

When you’re cleaning your sump pump, it’s the perfect opportunity to look for any damage or cracks. Given how important your sump pump is to your home, finding any damage early can lower the risk of it failing and causing greater damage.

Call Roto-Rooter for Your Sump Pump Needs

If you’re experiencing problems with your sump pump or don’t feel comfortable cleaning it yourself, call the expert plumbers at Roto-Rooter. Our licensed plumbers can help with regular maintenance, installing a new unit, or even water restoration if your sump pump fails. Learn more about our sump pump services today.