Plumbers 911 provides sump pump repair and maintenance
17 Apr

Maintain your sump pump and keep your Boston basement dry 

With a climate as rainy and snowy as Boston’s, a functional sump pump can be an invaluable asset to keep your basement dry and free from water damage.

Like any other mechanical device, a sump pump requires regular maintenance to ensure that it will work properly — especially when you need it most. 

The contractors affiliated with Plumbers 911 Boston are here to show you the essential steps to maintain your sump pump and keep your basement from turning into a flood zone. 

Inspect the device and pit quarterly  

You should check the sump pump for visible signs of damage, debris or rust every three to four months and ensure it is standing upright, not leaning or tilting.

While inspecting the device, you should remove any dirt, gravel or debris from the sump pit that could obstruct the pump’s intake and cause it to slow down or malfunction. 

You should also use this opportunity to check for any signs of mold or mildew that, if caught early, can be remediated with a mixture of water and bleach to avoid microbial growth.

Test the pump and check valve

While inspecting the device, you should test the pump by pouring water into the sump pit until the float triggers the motor to turn on and pump out the water, as intended. 

Once the pump shuts off, the check valve should prevent water from flowing back into the sump pit. If water reemerges, the check valve may need to be replaced.

Investigate the discharge pipe

Regularly inspect the exterior drainage point to ensure it is clear of obstructions, such as leaves or branches, that could impede water flow. 

Ensure the pipe directs water away from the home’s foundation and into a designated drainage area. 

Invest in a backup power source

Despite all your maintenance efforts, one thing you cannot control is Boston’s volatile weather, which can cause power outages that could severely compromise the functionality of your sump pump when you need it most.

It is recommended you invest in – and regularly test – a battery backup or generator to ensure your pump can continue to operate during power outages. 

Call Plumbers 911 Boston for sump pump maintenance 

The most important thing you can do as a homeowner to protect your basement from water damage and mold growth is to schedule annual sump pump maintenance by a professional who can address any potential issues before they escalate.

Professional maintenance not only provides peace of mind during Boston’s heavy rainfalls or snowmelts, but it also extends the lifespan of your sump pump and the investment you have made. 

Plumbers 911 Boston is a referral service affiliated with the best local licensed, bonded and insured plumbing contractors in the area. They employ highly qualified plumbers who receive over 10,000 hours of training and undergo rigorous background checks. 

Let us help keep your Boston home safe and dry. Call Plumbers 911 Boston at 877-751-2934.


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