How To Clean Your Sump Pump

Maintaining Your Sump Pump: DIY Cleaning and Knowing When to Call the Pros 

     At Oriole Basement Waterproofing, we understand the importance of keeping your sump pump in top condition to prevent basement flooding. What can sometimes seem like a minor issue can often turn into a massive problem if not treated. Here’s a guide to help you with regular maintenance and recognize when professional help is needed. 

DIY Sump Pump Cleaning 

  1. Test the Pump: Begin by pouring water into the pit to ensure the pump activates. If it doesn’t respond, this may require professional attention. 
  2. Clean the Pump and Pit: After unplugging and safely removing the pump, use a hose and a plastic scraping tool to remove debris or grime. It’s also important to remove any solid debris from the pit and check for clogs. 
  3. Reassemble and Test: Once cleaned, reinstall the pump, connect all parts, and test by rerunning water through the system to ensure functionality. 

When to Call the Professionals 

  • Persistent Clogs or Operational Issues: If your pump frequently clogs or has operational issues. 
  • Continuous Running: If the pump runs continuously without water, it might overheat, indicating a need for expert intervention. 
  • Complex Maintenance: Our professional team is ready to assist those who prefer not to handle maintenance themselves. 

Additional Tips 

  • Regular Checks: Clean your pump at least annually or more frequently if you experience heavy rain or snow. 
  • Use Gentle Cleaning Solutions: Avoid harsh chemicals; a mild vinegar solution is sufficient for most cleaning needs. 

     If you have any issues beyond basic maintenance or prefer the assurance of professional service, Oriole Basement Waterproofing is here to help. We can help with any project, whether big or small. Contact us at 410-879-3360 for expert advice and service.