There are many factors that contribute to determining the value of a home, but some homeowners and buyers may not be aware that a sump pump is one of them. A sump pump is a good investment, all things considered, and any professional plumbing repair company would agree.
If you don’t have a sump pump yet, consider having one installed. If you do have one, here are some tips for cleaning and maintaining it, and the reasons why regular upkeep is important.
Clean the Inlet Opening or Pump Screen
Unplug the sump pump and clean the inlet opening or pump screen. Do this every month if the water from your washing machine is disposed of by the sump pump, as the gunk and fabric from clothes can quickly clog it up.
If your sump pump doesn’t dispose of washing machine water, you can do the cleaning once every three to four months.
Whichever kind of water your sump pump disposes of, clean the pump and pit every year. If you don’t know how to clean your sump pump, it’s advisable to call a professional and have them schedule regular maintenance.
Why Your Sump Pump Needs Regular Upkeep
Your sump pump keeps your basement dry by removing water that goes into the sump pump pit. Some sump pump models even have an alarm system that goes off to warn the homeowner if the water is rising too fast, enabling the homeowner to leave the house and move to a safer area with time to spare.
A sump pump can also prevent flooding in your basement in case a pipe breaks, allowing you enough time to call a professional for pipe leak repair.
By keeping the basement dry, your sump pump helps prevent other problems associated with flooding, such as a weakened foundation and the growth of mold, mildew and even bacteria. This means that your sump pump effectively protects your family from dangerous diseases.
Oak Plumbing can help you with sump pump maintenance. We also offer other plumbing services, including sewer line repair. Call us today at (707) 448-3567 or (800) 397-3799. We can help you in Sacramento and Vacaville, CA.