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Is Your Sump Pump Doing Its Job?

Find Our Expert Sump Pump Maintenance Tips Below

When a flood hits your hometown during a summer storm or a pipe bursts in your house unexpectedly, a sump pump is your security blanket—it should keep you safe and dry without any unpleasant surprises. However, many people just let their sump pump sit in the basement for years without touching it or giving it a second thought. With Arctic Air Conditioning’s expert tips, you’ll know exactly how to keep your sump pump running properly all year long.

How to Clean a Sump Pump

Though sump pumps should be routinely checked at least once a year, there are other steps you can take to make sure your sump pump is operating the way it should. Follow these five easy steps every few months for the best results:

  1. Shut off – Unplug your sump pump from its power source or turn off its circuit.
  2. Disconnect – Remove your sump pump from the discharge pipe.
  3. Clean up – Bring your sump pump outside and wash off any dirt that it may have accumulated.
  4. Dry – Get rid of standing water with a wet-vac and replace your check valve after rinsing it.
  5. Restore – Reconnect the discharge pipe and plug in your sump pump.

When to Replace a Sump Pump

Even with proper maintenance, your sump pump will eventually need to be replaced. Though most sump pumps should last around 10 years (especially if you follow the cleaning tips above), there are some signs that indicate your sump pump may need to be replaced. Keep these in mind the next time you decide to wander into the basement for a checkup:

  • Turning on and off – If your sump pump is turning on and off sporadically (or just not turning on at all when it should), the float switch is probably stuck. This issue can lead to motor burnout, which could significantly limit the life expectancy of your sump pump. These power cycles may also mean that your pump’s basin is too small for the amount of water it takes in.
  • Extensive run times – If your sump pump doesn’t have a big enough capacity to take in the necessary volume of water—or if it can’t handle pumping the water far enough—it will continue to run longer than it should, often causing the motor to burn out easily.
  • Loud noises – With the exception of a faint hum, if your sump pump’s motor and impeller are making a racket (clanging, rattling, grinding, gurgling, etc.), it’s probably trying to tell you that it needs to be replaced soon.

Sump Pump Installation and Repair in Central New Jersey

At Arctic Air Conditioning, we offer exceptional services at fair prices. Whether you are looking to install a new sump pump or simply repair an existing one, our technicians are here to help. Arctic Air Conditioning has been recognized for our expertise and top-notch accreditation since starting our family-owned business in 1977. We even offer financing plans specifically designed for you and your needs.

Call us at (732) 455-9110 or contact us online today to get a free estimate!

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