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Sump Pump Maintenance Tips

Not every home needs a sump pump installed. But in many older homes in Martinsville, Mooresville, and Bloomington, sump pumps are needed to remove water that accumulates in basements. This simple routine sump pump maintenance guide will help you preserve the life of your pump and ultimately save you on installation costs.

Do This Every Month

According to the Sump and Sewage Pump Manufacturer’s Association (SSPMA), your Zoeller sump pump should undergo monthly maintenance when it’s being fed by a washing machine. It’s recommended the homeowner or a licensed plumber clean the pump screen or inlet opening every 30 days to prevent clogs. (ALWAYS UNPLUG THE SUMP PUMP BEFORE CONDUCTING ANY MAINTENANCE).

Do These Tasks Every 3 – 4 Months

In addition to cleaning the pump inlet screen, you’ll also want to inspect the power cord to verify it’s unobstructed and connected to power. Many calls we receive in which the sump pump appears to have stopped working is due to the power cord accidentally being unplugged. It is also advised that a bucket of water be poured into the basin once a quarter. Ensure the float rises and the pump kicks on.

Do These Tasks at Least Once a Year

We highly recommend a complete cleaning overhaul of your sump pump system annually. It might seem time-consuming at first, but no different than routine home maintenance of your HVAC system and water heater, preserving the life of your sump pump will save money on replacement costs. The life expectancy of traditional sump pump units is 10 years with proper cleaning. Remove the entire sump pump from the basin and clean both the unit itself and the pit with water. Consult a local licensed plumber if you have questions.

Know When It’s Time to Replace

Every home is different, and as such, the demand on your sump pump might be higher or lower than a different home in your same area. The important thing to remember is that all plumbing systems will eventually need to be replaced, even with adequate service throughout their lifespan. Get familiar with your sump pump. If it was installed 10 or more years ago, maybe it’s time to think about upgrading to a modern unit.


Our friendly staff is more than happy to walk you through the importance of your home’s sump pump system, and answer any maintenance questions you may have. If you’d like to learn more about what home insurance companies recommend a licensed plumber inspect, please visit this Allstate sump pump maintenance guide.