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Don’t Neglect Your Annual Pump Service This Spring

Don’t Neglect Your Annual Pump Service This Spring

The spring will finally bring the much wanted warmer weather. But with spring comes a new threat to many homeowners. Namely, in a lot of states spring brings an increased risk of basement flooding and subsequent water damage. With the abundant spring rains, pooling water, and saturated soil, not all the water is easily absorbed. The excess water can find its way to our basements and cause quite a mess. That’s where sump pumps come in handy.

If you live in an area prone to basement flooding, you should already own a sump pump. It can save you a lot of work and minimize the damage water causes to your basement. These machines are fairly durable and last up to 10 years, provided you inspect them annually. And since spring is already in full swing, now would be the ideal time to schedule your pump service in San Diego.

In this article, we’ll cover the basic sump pump maintenance tips you can follow on your own. However, if there’s a problem with how your sump pump is operating, consider taking it to a professional pump repair service.

Visual Inspection

You should start with the basics. Inspect if there’s any debris that could affect how the pump is operating. If there is oil residue on the water in the sump pit, there could be something wrong with the pump, for example leaking coolant. In this case, you should unplug and take the pump apart to clean the intake. While you’re at it clean the air bleed and the impeller. Check the pump for any exposed wires and if you do find them, take the pump to an expert immediately as they could cause a huge hazard.

Test the Pump

Pour a few gallons of water into the pump pit to check if it’s operating as it should. If the float rises too high but the pump does not turn on, unplug it and check for debris again. Check the discharge pipe and inspect it for clogs, especially if the flow seems obstructed. If there’s a clog in the pipe, you are going to have to disconnect it and use high-pressure water to blow it out.

Consider a Backup

If you live in a flood-prone area, having a backup pump is not a bad idea. Even though your pump shows no signs of failure, a heavy flood might wear it out. Additionally, one pump might not be enough in some areas. If you compare the cost of a new pump to the cost of the water damage repair, you’ll find that it’s the more affordable solution.

Inspect the Backup Pump

Backup pumps are usually water or battery powered and need to be checked with your main pump. Make sure to open the supply valve on a water powered pump before you start testing. With battery powered pumps, check the battery levels and charge if necessary. Disconnect the power source and check the impeller and the intake. Once you’ve cleaned any debris, reconnect the backup pump and turn off the primary pump and repeat the pit test. 

Stay Safe with the Leading Pump Service San Diego Company

With over 40 years of experience, PCE San Diego is the leading pump repair service in Southern California. If you experience any issues with your sump pump, have our experts inspect it before a disaster strikes.

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