Cleaning a sump pump is relatively easy. Before anything, ensure it’s not rainy outside, or you don’t have any appliances draining into the sump pump basin. No water should come into the area as you are working on the sump pump.
- Disconnect the sump pump from the power supply. Unplug the sump pump and turn off the circuit breaker at the power source. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP! Cleaning a sump pump connected to the power source is extremely dangerous.
- Wrap the pump. Save yourself from extra cleanup by wrapping the bottom of the pump itself in the plastic tarp/sheeting. Set the pump in an area that will allow you to access all sides for easy cleaning.
- Clean the pump. Now for the fun part. Start the cleaning process by spraying the pump with the garden hose. Once the pump is sprayed, and all loose residue has been removed, use the scraping tool to remove any stuck-on debris.
- Rinse the pump. Spray the pump again with the garden hose, rinsing off any last residue that might be remaining.
- Drain the check valve. Keep your bucket handy while draining the check valve. Any water from the check valve will be caught in the bucket.
- Use the wet/dry vacuum. Use the shop vac to remove standing water from the sump pit. This step is self-explanatory. Use your shop vac to remove excess water from the sump pit. You’ll also likely need the shop vac to clean up any water or residue that might have made a mess of the cleaning space.
- Reconnect the pump. Reconnect the sump pump and ensure all components are situated in the sump pit as before you started the cleaning process. Reconnect the sump pump to the power source, and be sure to turn the breaker to the ‘on’ position if you turned it off during step two.
- Keep a record. Note the last cleaning date for reference, as you may need to clean the pump again if your region experiences severe weather.
Sump pumps can keep your basement dry, protecting your house from substantial water or moisture damage. If you need a sump pump installed or accessed by an experienced plumber, call Gene Wagner Plumbing. We are ranked among the top two plumbers in Southeastern Wisconsin. Contact us or call us at 414-541-9217.