Making sure that you have all the necessary and precautionary measures installed in your home is important. Whether it is checking the walls, wooden floorings, and décor to make sure that there are no termites in them.

Or making sure that there are no faults in electricity wirings and appliances. It does not matter whether your basement is a messy storage that has old stuff lying around or a theatre with luxurious furniture and a sleek design. Basements are essentially the foundation of any building and therefore, are in need of constant maintenance. One of the most important things you need to maintain in your basement is the sump pump.

Sump Pumps and Their Functionality

It is okay if you do not understand exactly what a sump pump is. Just think of it as the fundamental machinery that is responsible for keeping all the water intrusion and flooding of the basement from happening. You can find a sump pump in the corner of your basement.

It’s like a simple water pump that is located at the lowest possible point of your house. The best sump pumps are designed to be in a lined hole, known as a sump pit.

Sump pumps are turned on automatically when water levels in the sump pit reach a high enough level that notifies the pump that there can be water problems in the area. This mechanism helps the pump keep water intrusion out and keep the walls and ground around the house clean and dry.

Maintaining Sump Pumps

Your basement is in constant need for examination for the problems that may end up damaging the house. Sump pumps are usually recommended to go well with GFCI outlets. Make sure that the wire along with the plugging is not in a damp area. Sump pumps are mechanical devices that need to be in an upright position to be able to function properly.

Therefore, it is mandatory that you keep checking it at least every few weeks to ensure that there is no probability of it not working. To make sure that the pump is working and sensing water levels accordingly, you should try pouring a bucket of water every now and then to test the mechanism. If the pump doesn’t start up on its own, service might be required.

If you are looking at a sump pump that has been in position for a year at least, you should consider cleaning the bottom. To do so, you would have to take the pump out and clear out the waste that can become the cause for pump damage or pipe blockage. Since the pump is always sucking in from its surroundings, grate and other substances can get stuck in the inlet.


Sump pumps can come in a lot of options. You can now get pumps that don’t even require electricity, provided that the city’s water management system is efficient. These pumps can use the water pressure to pump out the excess. You can also rely on backup batteries to do the job of automating the system to start when required, indifferent to unusual circumstances such as power outages.