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Cleaning A Sump Pump

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Author:sarina lissa

A sump is an area which usually collects chemicals or water due to being lower in height than the surrounding areas. Now, coming over to a sump pump it is basically a pump that sucks out liquid and debris from the sump, normally installed in a basement.Their main objective is to reduce the risk of overflowing of water during floods or other situations. A sump pump is not something you will install once and then forget for the rest of your lives, thinking that your task is over. Overtime, dirt and liquids would start concentrating in the sump pump and chances of developing a bad smell and mold are quite high. Therefore, you would occasionally have to remove it and then clean the pump for effective functioning. So coming over to the removal of the sump pump, we would first of all have cut off the main electricity supply to the sump pump as safety should be your first priority. Usually separate breakers are assigned to the sump pump but if they are not, you could possibly turn off the supply of the entire basement.

Next, you are to remove all the watery content from the sump. You either opt for a pump to take out the water or you could use a vacuum. If you want to go for traditional methods, you could use a tin along with the bucket to put the water in so as to manually take out the water. Moving on, you are supposed to remove the discharge pipe of the pump. Usually, this specific pipe is adjoined to the pump using a coupling nut. Fetch your wrench and loosen the nut. Be careful about this removal process. Now we come to the most critical part of the removal process. You are to lift the pump from the basin very cautiously as it could get damaged very easily and put the pump outside for cleaning purposes. You could possibly use a garden hose for this purpose. Preferably attach a nozzle with it. Now get ready to spray the pump with loads of water so that all exterior dirt is wiped off. Now, it is very likely that if you are doing this after a very long interval, hard layers of grime would have formed on the pump.

You could use bleaching agents or strong cleaning solutions to clean it off, with the help of a scrub. Now, let the pump dry under the sun and during that time use the same garden hose to wash the sump basin indoors. Again, water would collect inside the basin and you could empty it in any of the ways discussed earlier. Be sure that you have cleaned it thoroughly. If that's the case, you could now bring the pump back indoors and reinstall it. Don’t reinstall a wet pump- let it dry completely before you do so. Now, you are to reattach the discharge pipe with the coupling nut and turn the electricity supply on. But you are not done yet as the interior of the pump is not cleaned yet. You are to put in a clean mixture of water and bleaching agents into the sump pump. Try using a lot of bleach so that the sump pump gets activated. Once it is activated, the pump would suck in the bleach mixture and that would wipe off all the dirt inside the pump, giving you a crystal clear sump pump!


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