Your sump is essential for keeping water from flooding a basement, crawl space, or any low-lying area in the home. You’re going to wat to periodically clean the sump pit. This will help keep your sump pump in good working order and keep things clean and hygienic. A sump pit that is not cleaned regularly provides a breeding ground for bacteria which is health risk and can be the cause of unwanted bad odors.
Cleaning a sump pit is not difficult. With a few basic household items, you can do this quickly and easily. This guide on how to clean a sump pump pit will help ensure you do things safely and with the least amount of hassle and mess.
Before set about cleaning sump pump pit, get everything ready. This will prevent unwanted surprises and mess.
Removing the Sump Pump
You want to prevent sludge and water from making a mess of your basement and home. So, lay the plastic sheet next the sump pump pit before removing the sump pump. Lift the pump from the sump and place it onto the plastic. Wrap the sump pump in the plastic and take it outside.
Cleaning the Sump Pump
Using a garden hose, wash away any dirt and grime on the pump. Use the scraping tool to remove hardened stubborn dirt, then rinse with the hose once again.
Replacing the Sump Pump
Remove any water from the sump, using a wet and dry vacuum. Clean away any sludge and solid dirt inside the pit. Place the sump pump back into he pit, ensuring that it is standing upright and secure. Reconnect discharge pipe, check valve, and power supply.
Cleaning a Sump Pump Pit: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I use vinegar to clean my sump pump pit?
Q: Can I use bleach to clean my sump pump pit?
Q: How often should I clean my sump pump pit?