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Hump Day Home Hacks: How to Keep Your Sump Pump Happy

keep your sump pump happy

If you live in Salt Lake City, you know how important it is to have a sump pump in your basement or crawlspace. A sump pump is a device that pumps out excess water from your home and prevents flooding, mold, and damage. Sounds like a hero, right? Well, even heroes need some TLC from time to time. That’s why today we’re going to share some tips on how to maintain your sump pump and keep it running smoothly.

Tip #1: Check your sump pump regularly

You don’t want to find out that your sump pump is broken when your basement is already underwater. That’s why you should check your sump pump at least once a year, preferably before the rainy season or the snow melts. To test your sump pump, simply pour some water into the sump pit and see if the pump turns on and drains the water. If it doesn’t, you may have a problem with the power supply, the float switch, or the pump itself. You can try to fix it yourself or call a professional for help.

Tip #2: Clean your sump pump and the sump pit

Your sump pump works hard to keep your home dry, but it can also get dirty and clogged with debris, such as dirt, gravel, sand, or leaves. This can reduce the efficiency and lifespan of your sump pump and cause it to malfunction. To prevent this, you should clean your sump pump and the sump pit at least once a year. You can use a wet/dry vacuum to suck out the debris from the pit and a damp cloth or a hose to wipe the pump. You should also inspect the pump for any signs of corrosion, damage, or wear and tear.

Tip #3: Discharge the water far away from your home

Your sump pump is useless if it pumps the water back into your basement. That’s why you should make sure that the discharge pipe is long enough and pointed away from your home. Ideally, you should discharge the water at least 20 feet from your foundation, and avoid any areas that could cause the water to pool or freeze. You should also check the discharge pipe for any leaks, cracks, or clogs and clean it if needed.

Tip #4: Install a backup system

Sometimes, your sump pump may fail due to a power outage, a mechanical failure, or a heavy storm. In that case, you don’t want to be left without a backup plan. You can install a battery-powered or a water-powered backup sump pump that can kick in when your primary sump pump fails. You can also install a sump pump alarm that can alert you when the water level in the sump pit is too high or when the pump is not working properly.

Tip #5: Have some fun with your sump pump

Your sump pump may not be the most glamorous or exciting part of your home, but it doesn’t have to be boring either. You can spice up your sump pump by giving it a name, decorating it with stickers or paint, or adding some accessories, such as a hat, a wig, or a cape. You can also make a game out of checking and cleaning your sump pump, or write a song or a poem about it. The possibilities are endless!


Your sump pump is your best friend when it comes to keeping your home dry and safe. By following these tips, you can show your sump pump some love and appreciation and ensure that it works well for years to come. Remember, a happy sump pump is a happy home! Happy Hump Day! 🐪


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