Sump Pump Maintenance and Repair

It’s important to make sure your sump pump is in tip-top shape throughout the year. Keep reading for sump pump repairs and maintenance tips.

Ensure your pump keeps excess water out of your home by referring to…Your Sump Pump Survival Guide

  1. Locate Your Sump Pump – If you have no clue where your sump pump is, you’re not alone! Typically, sump pumps are located in the basement, so start your search there. Remember: not all homes have a sump pump! (See image for an idea of what yours might look like.)
  2. You’ve Found it, Now What? – After you’ve located your sump pump, it’s time to get familiar with it.
    • First, make sure your sump pump is plugged in. Since sump pumps are electrical, it’s important to make sure the circuit is protected with a GFI.
    • To make sure everything is in working order, pour approximately five gallons of water into the water pit.
      • If the pump reacts, and the water disappears, congratulations – you’ve got a working sump pump!
      • If the water stands still and the pump does not react, double check to ensure the pump is plugged in. If it is, check your breaker box – the pump may not be engaging properly.
      • If the water stands still but the pump reacts, give the discharge pipe a gentle shake to ensure the float is not stuck.
  1. Is that it? Not quite! The final step is to check your exterior drain pipe. The water should be directed AWAY from your home to avoid re-absorption.
    • If the water is flowing towards your home, rather than away from it, reposition the exterior drain pipe.

If you’re reading this a bit too late and your basement has already flooded due to a broken sump pump, don’t panic. Woodard offers restoration services to reverse the effects of water damage and flooding.


About Woodard Cleaning & Restoration

Woodard Cleaning & Restoration was founded in 1946 by Earl and Nancy Woodard. Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Woodard services the greater metro area (Illinois, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, St. Louis County, and many more). Woodard is proud to serve as the preferred provider for cleaning & restoration services. Our cleaning services include carpet, hard surface, furniture, and rug cleaning for both residential and commercial properties. We also provide water, fire, board-up, storm and smoke restoration services for residential and commercial clients. For information or questions submit a form online or call us at 314-227-3932.

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Updated 4/25/2018