Do I Need to Clean My Sump Pump

As an important part of your home, a sump pump helps prevent water damage and flooding. It needs frequent cleaning. By not cleaning your sump pump, you put yourself at a higher risk of floods, clogs, mold, and other bacteria that grow hidden under the pit cover. This might force you to look for a water damage company.

Although most people know that they need to clean their sump pump regularly, they are not sure how to go about it. You should clean most sump pumps once a year, but you need to check your base camp regularly to ensure no problems. You should also check your owner’s manual to confirm whether it requires maintenance and cleaning more often.

Here is how to clean your sump pump:

Materials Needed

  • Garbage bag
  • Flashlight
  • Plastic gloves
  • Shop vac
  • Soap, vinegar, and bleach
  • A spray bottle and sponge

Take Care of Your Safety First

The first step is to disconnect your pump from the electricity and other accessories like an alarm and backup battery while making sure nobody uses other appliances.

Read the Manual and Disconnect the Discharge Pipe

Start by reading the manual so you can learn about cleaning your sump pump. Next, you need to disconnect your pump from the discharge pipe. If you feel some form of resistance, it could be a sign of mold build-up.

Remove From the Pit 

Most people make a mistake trying to clean the sump pump while it’s still in the pit. If you want to get your pump really clean, take it out into the backyard. This way, you’ll have a lot more room to clean. Also, you’ll not have to worry about spilling grime.

Scrape Sludge and Rust

The best way to start cleaning is to use a warm cloth, sponge, and flat screwdriver to scrape away any mold, mildew, or materials that build up.

Disinfect the Basin

After removing all the grime and mold, disinfect the pump and pump basin. Using vinegar, carefully wipe down the exterior of the pump. Since mold and mildew can live in cracks and crevices, make sure you disinfect the entire unit.

Clean With Soap Vac

Using a soap vac, remove the remaining water and debris from the bottom of the pit. Once you are done, empty the soap vac.

Reattach and Test

Finally, reattach and test. Once everything is done, fill your basin with water and test whether the pump works.

Check for Any Possible Damage

As you are cleaning your sump pump, check for any damage or cracked components. If you are not sure your pump is working well or needs to be replaced, call a professional for help.

Having a sump pump is a regular part of any homeowner’s job. With proper maintenance and cleaning, the average pump should last up to 10 years. Feel free to visit if you need any help with your sump pump.

Water Mold Fire Restoration

3521 N. Wilton Ave 

Chicago Illinois 60657


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