As the snow melts and summer rain quickly approaches, our sump pumps will have more work than they have had in a while. Our sump pumps have a big job, to keep our basements from flooding. Before the summer storms begin it is a good idea to make sure that yours is in good working order. Our East St. Louis plumber makes maintaining your sump pump quick and easy when you follow these simple steps.

  1. Your sump pump should be plugged into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). You will want to make sure that the outlet and the cord are both in good working order. If the GFCI breakers trips, your sump pump will shut down. This should be checked periodically.
  2. When your sump pump is in use the vibrations can cause it to tilt to a side or fall over completely. You will want to ensure that yours is standing upright.
  3. Make sure that your pump will start automatically by pouring water into the pit.
  4. Remove the submersible pump from the pit of your sump pump and ensure that the grate in the bottom is clear of any small stones that can occasionally get stuck.
  5. Your outlet pipes should drain at least 20 ft. away from your home and they should be tightly jointed together.
  6. The vent hole in the discharge pipe should be free and clear.

Sump Pumps are incredibly important to protecting your basement from flooding, and it is important to make sure that yours is in working order for the upcoming summer storms.