Servicing Your Sump Pump
Here at Erickson Foundation Solutions, we like doing things the right way. Whether that's installing foundation solutions or basement solutions, we don't like taking shortcuts. Most of the time taking shortcuts leads to more unexpected repairs down the road. We like to do it right the first time. Once our team installs a sump pump into a home we recommended signing up for service. Just like you should keep up with the maintenance on your vehicles, you should keep up with maintenance on your basement waterproofing system.
The picture above is an example of when you leave a sump pump for too long without cleaning/servicing. Over time a sump pump will collect material that can clog up the sump pump system. If a sump pump is left un-serviced for over a year, there is the potential to see some performance issues. Issues can include motor failure, float rod failure, debris restricting water flow, etc. If left un-serviced for a couple of years the sump pump could clog entirely. If a sump pump gets clogged and a big rainstorm comes, the sump pump will not be able to expel the water. If the sump pump can't expel the water, then the water will build up until it floods the basement. EFS recommends yearly service on sump pump(s) so you don't have any surprises show up in your basement.
At EFS, we have a dedicated service team that comes out to residences that have a sump pump and/or Sani Dry systems and services them. Our goal is to keep up with the yearly service of all of the sump pumps that we install.
The service technicians have an Annual Maintenance Checklist. The service technicians will use the checklist to make sure:
- the sump pump(s) are in good working condition
- clean out the basin and motor
- clean connected water collection products (WaterGuard)
- test electrical
The service techs will also check the basement for new leaks and possible signs of foundation failure.
If you have a sump pump and/or Sani Dry and are interested in having service done please give our team a call.
If you want to be reminded of yearly service please ask about Erickson Care Club.