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Maximise and Maintain your Sump Pumps for Longer Life Span

September 16, 2016

Sump pumps need proper care and maintenance, but why? Well, these wastewater-discharging appliances are charged with an important duty. They keep the lowest point in your building dry, which is a round-the-clock responsibility, one that protects your building against mold and nasty sewage backups. If this diligent guardianship role is to be maximized, support the hard-working pump by keeping its operating parts healthy. Initiate a preventative maintenance strategy.

Maintaining Latent Mechanical Systems

Unlike an always-on machine, sump pumps stand at rest until they're needed. That method of operation is entirely acceptable when you're using a pedestrian appliance, but it cannot be tolerated in an appliance that sits on the front lines of flood control. Consequently, every component and every circuit must be periodically inspected if correct functions are to be assured.

The Path to a Longer Lifespan

Maximize and maintain your sump pumps by running them periodically. Use the float switch to simulate a rising water level. The switch should immediately activate the pumping mechanism and eject any water in the sump pit. Batteries are often a part of the setup, as they keep the appliance functioning when mains power supplies fail. Check the power level for the batteries and use a voltage millimetre to make sure they're charging.

Getting Up Close and Personal

Remember, there are two types of pumps in use. The first type is the pedestal pump, which is relatively easy to maintain because it's installed at the lip of the basin. The second form, the submersible pump, requires a little more effort when maintaining its sealed underwater housing, but a secondary pump can empty the pit so that it can be properly inspected. Physical removal is harder, but a chain or block and tackle will soon solve this issue.

Streamline Your Maintenance Plan

Pour a few buckets of water into the sump pit if a leak or clog is suspected. As soon as the water level rises to a set point, the unit will turn on and begin discharging waste. During the test, listen for irregular sounds, check for tripped circuit breakers, and touch the discharge pipe to see if vibration problems are worsening.

Finally, conduct a visual inspection before flood season comes calling. Check the electrical cord for damage, the pipes for obstructions, and the pit for foreign matter, including insects and accumulated dirt. A cursory visual inspection is fine if you're a homeowner or building supervisor, but an expert service is required for an in-depth maintenance program, especially if the pump is a submersible model.

Parker Pumps

29B Ormond Rd., East Geelong VIC 3219

Phone: (03) 5229 7443

Email: sales@parkerpumps.com.au

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