A lot of sump pump problems can be prevented by performing a small amount of maintenance yourself. Here is a short list of items you can check to keep from incurring expensive repairs.
The Float Switch is set up so that when water reaches a certain level, the sump pump turns on, and when the water goes back down, the pump shuts off. It is always a good idea to check the performance of the float switch on a regular basis by pushing or lifting up on the float switch arm to verify the pump activates.
The Check Valve is set up so that when the sump pump shuts off, no water will go back into the pit. Some pumps will have a weep hole, usually between the sump pump and the check valve. You can clean this weep hole out with a small metal object, such as the end of a paper clip.
The Inlet Screen on the intake impeller could clog-up with silt or debris. If your sump pump has stopped running, suddenly, or has been making a whining noise, this could be the problem.
The Sump Pit can also contain debris that could have been "washed in" from the drainage tile. Also, although rare, a sump pump can cause odor. This is usually because water is trapped in the drainage pipe and stays there. If an odor does persist, add enough "fresh" water in the pit to operate the pump. You can also eliminate the odor by using one part bleach to 5 parts water. Again, fill the pit until the sump pump turns on.
Have A Backup Source In Case Of Power Outstage by purchasing an automatic standby generator. The great thing about an automatic standby generator is that you don't have to be at home in order for your "back-up" power to come on - it's "automatic" and provides you peace of mind. Planning ahead with these easy maintenance tips can help to prevent costly flood damages in the future.