How to Clean A Sump Pump Do’s: DO clean your sump pump at least every six months. This helps slow down the wear and tear of your unit. DO clean the sump pump along with the sump pit and the discharge pipe. They all function as one system. DO disconnect the power source of the sump pump any time you will reach for the sump pump with your hands. Don’ts: DON’T use appliances that can load the sump pit while the sump pit is being cleaned. DON’T use detergent. This can build up on the sump pump’s impeller and cause damage. DON’T use concentrated bleach or vinegar on your sump pump. When using the recommended cleaning compounds, follow the needed water dilution to keep your sump pump safe. DON’T disassemble the unit invasively while cleaning. Steps on How to Clean Sump Pump Preparation Phase
1. Turn off the sump pump and make sure that no one is using any appliances that will drain water into the sump pit (i.e. washing machine).
2. Take the sump pump out of the sump pit.
3. Sweep up any solid debris that have collected in the pit like twigs, gravel, and leaves. Cleansing the Sump Pit, the Sump Pump & the Discharge Line
4. Prepare a vinegar-water solution in a bucket (one gallon of vinegar to two gallons of warm water).
5. Pour this solution into the sump pit to cleanse the pit. Let the solution sit for 20 minutes.
6. While the sump pit is being cleansed, go outside and use a garden hose to rinse the sump pump.
7. Use a plastic scraper or putty knife to remove caked debris on the sump pump unit. Do NOT disassemble the unit.
8. Rinse the sump pump once more after removing caked debris.
9. Put your sump pump back in the pit and reconnect it to the discharge pipe. Do NOT plug in the unit yet.
10. Make sure that the power chords are dry, and then plug the unit in.
11. Because the sump pit is full, the sump pump will activate. This will cause the water-vinegar solution to be processed by the sump pump and sent through the discharge pipe. The whole system will be safely cleansed by this diluted solution. Rinsing the Sump Pit and Sump Pump
12. Once the sump pit is cleared of the solution, inspect for any wet debris that remains. If so, unplug the sump pump, remove it from the pit, and use a wet vacuum to finish the job.
13. Lastly, rinse the entire system with two gallons of clean water.
14. While the sump pump is rinsing the clean water, check on its operation. Is the floater able to move up and down? Does the sump pump turn off after all the water is discharged?
And that’s it! You have a clean sump pump and sump pit ready for action. Reliable Sump Pump Installation for Your Home
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