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How to Clean Your Sump Pump

Mar 03, 2022

How to Clean Your Sump Pump

A sump pump plays a vital role in protecting your home from the various forces of nature. Sump pumps are usually located in the lowest levels of your home, like the basement or crawl space, to collect and divert groundwater away from your property. If you detect flooding around the foundation of your home, it is a sign that you need sump pump repair or replacement, and that’s why you should consider hiring an expert to alleviate the problem before it gets out of hand. At Sunshine Plumbers, we have an experienced and well-trained team that conducts various safety maintenance tasks to ensure your sump pump is in tiptop condition.

A functioning and efficient sump pump should be cleaned regularly and maintained by a plumber. However, if you prefer a more hands-on approach to maintaining your sump pump, there’s a DIY step-by-step cleaning process that can guide you. Follow this guide, and you are guaranteed a clean and effective sump pump.

Gather the Supplies You’ll Need

It is essential to ensure that you have all the vital supplies needed to get the job done properly without risking future issues with your sump pump. The experts at Sunshine Plumbers have access to quality supplies that guarantee exceptional slump pump cleaning. Since most homeowners don’t have the experience of cleaning these systems, our qualified plumber can guide you in choosing the ideal supplies for the task at hand. Some of the supplies needed include a piece of plastic sheeting, a large bucket, a scrapping tool, a shop vac, and a garden hose.

Make Sure Your Water is Off

You should only turn off the water to fixtures that drain water directly to your sump pump, but if most of your fixtures drain into the system, you should turn off all the water from the main valve. This is also an excellent way of preventing others from using the fixtures during cleaning. Homeowners are advised to refrain from cleaning the pump on a rainy day to prevent water from draining out as you clean.

Disconnect Power

This is an easy step that requires unplugging it from the outlet in the basement and switching off the circuit that supplies power to your sump pump at the breaker. Once this is done, you can proceed with preparation without the concern of an electrical hazard as you try to remove the pump from the pit. Dealing with electricity can be dangerous, so feel free to onboard a plumber to help.

Wrap the Pump in a Plastic Sheet

You should gently remove the pump from the pit without messing with your floor. Wrapping the pump with a plastic sheet also helps you carry the pump outside without causing a mess before cleaning it thoroughly. Once the first layer of grime is removed, use a hose to rinse it and then use a scrapping tool to deal with the remaining grime caked on the pump.

After cleaning, use the shop vac to remove all the standing water before reconnecting your pump. Contact us today at Sunshine Plumbers for more information on sump pump repair and maintenance. We guarantee exceptional services at a competitive market rate.