How to Extend the life of your Sump Pump

How to extend the life of your Sump pump

A sump pump is essentially the last line of protection from a flooded basement, massive water damage, and costly home repairs. Sump pump replacement can be costly and not everyone can afford to replace them all the time. By doing some simple maintenance, you can ensure that your sump pump is ready to tackle anything Mother Nature throws at it.

Here is a quick look at the tips you need to remember to extend the life of your sump pump:

Cleaning the sump pump:

Making sure your pump is clean guarantees efficiency and a long service life. To clean your pump, start by removing the pump from its basin or pit after disconnecting it from the power supply. Next, clean any dirt or debris off the outside of the pump. Be sure to clean the inlet screen on the bottom as the screen can get clogged over time. Also clear any dirt, gravel, sand, or other debris that may have accumulated in the sump pit as well. This will help make sure your pump stays cleaner, longer. Depending on how often it’s used, your pump should be cleaned at least once a year.

Test the pump:

Pour water from a bucket or large container into the basin. Make sure the float switch is not obstructed and is able to move freely. As the water level rises, the float should activate the pump and water should begin to drain. This will indicate that your pump is in working order.

Clean Drainage Pipes:

Check your pipes for any blockages or clogs so water can flow unimpeded. Also make sure all the pipes are connected tightly and there are no leaks. If your pipes are clogged, you may need assistance from your local plumber.

Level the Pump:

Make sure your pump sits level. If your pump is off-kilter, the float arm may become jammed. This will result in the pump being unable to become activated.

Check the Power Source:

Make sure you’re plugged in! Check the power cord to make sure it’s not damaged. You may also want to have a battery backup system so your pump can continue to work in events such as a power failure.


There is no rule for how often a sump pump should be replaced, but nothing in life lasts forever! Your pump’s life depends on how often it runs and how often maintenance is done. Year after year, you can try your best to Maintain maintain your pump, but, at some point, replacing it becomes the only option. At a certain time, as it fails to run anymore, it starts giving signs.


Signs You Need Sump Pump Replacement:

Making unexpected noises

Running continuously

Working without any water in the pit

Not turning on when necessary


These signs indicate permanent damage to the pump. It is quite normal if it runs relentlessly for 2 to 3 days after heavy rain but turning on during a dry season is abnormal. Additionally, disturbing loud noises, inappropriate running cycles are serious issues. These issues can cause stress and require a professional, If you find yourself needing a professional Don’t hesitate to give us a call!

No project is too big or too small for BAM basements and Masons sump pump specialists. We offer free estimates and help you make the right decision for your home and family. We only install the best pump, offer backup batteries and limited lifetime warranty on our work and equipment.

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