How to Clean Sump Pumps

A sump pump is a device in your home that you probably forgot you have. In fact, most homeowners do not think about their sump pumps until they don't work when they are needed. When you have a flooded basement, you will suddenly remember your sump pump. Some proper maintenance for a sump pump is important if you are going to keep yours running smoothly and correctly when it is needed. Maintaining a sump pump and keeping your basement from flooding starts with keeping the sump pump and sump pump pit clean.

How to Clean Sump Pumps

Step 1

Run the sump pump to make sure that it is running properly. Allow it to drain as much water as it can from the pit, then unplug it or disconnect the battery.

Step 2

Disconnect the pipe just below the check valve using your screwdriver. Then, carefully lift the pump out of the sump pump pit.

Step 3

Hold the pump over a garbage can and press the check valve. This will release the water in the pump. If you cannot press the valve with your finger, use the screwdriver.

Step 4

Remove and wash the top of the valve to remove the dirt. Reconnect it before moving to the next step.

Step 5

Put on the rubber gloves and use your hands and the small plastic cup to remove the dirt and grime that is on the bottom of the sump pump pit. You will probably need to lay on the floor to do this. Dump the debris into the garbage can, and make sure you get all of it.

Step 6

Put the pump back into the pit, reconnect it, and check it by filling it with water using the garden hose. If it turns on and the float has free motion, you have put it back in correctly.

Nicole Harms

Nicole Harms has been writing professionally since 2006, specializing in real estate, finance and travel. When she's not writing, she enjoys traveling and has visited several countries, including Israel, Spain, France and Guam. Harms received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Maranatha Baptist Bible College.