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Sump Pump Maintenance Tips

A household sump pump is one of those appliances we keep around “just in case”. That’s good– it means we’re thinking ahead to possible problems. But in the hustle and bustle of day to day life it’s important to maintain these ‘just in case’ items so they’ll work when we really do need them.

In the case of sump pumps, depending on your location, they may pump periodically without you being aware, such as early spring when the ground is thawing. Because of this, you should not assume that nothing has changed since the last set of heavy rainstorms caused you to check your sump to make sure it was working properly. You should check it every season, just in case.

Sump Pump Maintenance Tips

Here are some things to check:

  • Check that the power cord is securely plugged in and that the GCFI switch is operational
  • If you have a back-up battery, check that it is connected, fully charged and operational.
  • Check the inlet screen for debris or gravel
  • Pour a pail of water in the sump hole to trigger the float switch and test the battery backup.

Make sure you know whether your unit requires regular greasing or other servicing. If you don’t have the manual, look up the make and model online and check.

Maintaining your sump pump takes only a few minutes a year, and is cheap insurance. If you aren’t very handy, or don’t want to be messing around in your basement, feel free to give your favorite plumbing service a call, and we’ll be right out to maintain your sump pump. Far better to be safe than sorry.

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Sump Pump With Battery Backup is a Must Have

Most homes, especially those with a basement have a sump pump; which is great at removing water away from your foundation.  But what happens if the power goes out, like it tends to during heavy storms.  Does your sump pump have a battery back up in order to protect your home from flooding and water damage?

Battery backup sump pumps are used to supplement the primary pumps, which may fail due to power outages, mechanical failure, or simply by being overwhelmed by a sudden surge of water due to flash flooding. So, if the power goes out, or the motor overheats, you could have serious damage to your home. But with a battery backup sump pump, you’ll have several more hours to remove water.


There are two main types of sump pump: AC and DC. Units that run on DC power exclusively will only run on battery, and hence are good as a secondary pump system that will run only when the power goes out.  You do have choices in which battery backup system you choose. You can purchase a Deep-cycle marine battery, which is usually maintenance free, though a bit more expensive. Traditional batteries with acid, mean that you have to add water occasionally.

How To Install Your Backup Sump Pump

It depends on how your home or basement is configured, but there are a few ways to install your battery backup sump pump to get the most protection. The most common way to set it up is just to have the backup sump turn on immediately after the power goes out. However, another option is installing a float switch, slightly above your main unit, to kick the backup on. This ensures that in a sudden downpour your main unit won’t be overwhelmed, and you’ll get twice as much pumping power when you need it most.

And finally, if you travel and are away from your home often, you can get a sump pump system that will notify you via text or email when the power goes out. This way you can send a neighbor or relative over to help change batteries or protect your personal belongings.

Remember, you only have a few hours of battery life in a backup sump pump, so if the power is out for more than a few hours, you might experience flooding anyway, unless you can get a generator on site in time. These systems are pricey, but if you’ve spent a lot of money fixing up your basement, it might be worthwhile.

Whether you need a plumber in San Diego CA or in El Cajon CA, My Plumber has you covered. My Plumber can help advise you on the best choice of sump pump with battery backup and do a hassle-free installation for years of worry-free service. Call today to learn about our $35 savings!

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