6 Things Sump Pump Owners NEED to Know


hey YouTube Chris with RC Wurst here

welcome back to another great video

today we're gonna be showing you six

tips that every sump pump owner should

know so let's get started okay so here

we are with tip number one this one's

pretty easy you'll need you five-gallon

bucket and all you do take the take the

cover off your sump with everything

plugged up and energized ready for ready

for action on any other given day and

we'll just start dumping water in here

until it activates the pump what we're

trying to do is confirm that the pump is

working the more critical the

application that you have or the more

likely that you could have a flood then

the more often you're probably going to

want to perform this check so we're

gonna fill this up and make it work


alright so here we are with tip number


you saw tip number one cycle in the pump

tip number two is on a regular basis and

and you're gonna learn as you go how

often you need to do this but clean the

interior of your sump out sumps that

don't run as frequently or more prone

usually to getting a lot of sediment and

stuff and as you can see this sump

doesn't have the best lid so things can

easily get kicked into there so it's

extremely important to clear stuff out

we grabbed this little piece of dryer

lint here and that's definitely

something that's going to stop your pump

up if you don't really feel like digging

around in there a lot you can use

something like a shop vac like a wet vac

those work really well in these

situations and in this particular

instance instance the sump pump is

actually on a gravel bed so underneath

the pump is a bunch of gravel because

this sump doesn't operate very

frequently most of the water that gets

introduced just saturates into the

ground it's only in in real bad

situations that the sump pump actually

engages in this particular instance so

that's why it's again critical to clean

this out and make sure the pump is

working for when those heavy

and things come then you're not sitting

there at the flooded basement so on to

tip number three okay so tip number

three here we are and we don't really

have a lot to show you but if you are

interested in what we're about to talk

about we did make a video about this

particular subject and we'll put that in

the description below so what is that

subject well now that I've left you

hanging long enough we're talking about

battery backup systems so in the event

that you've got a sump pump that runs

pretty regularly or in the event that

you don't necessarily want to worry

about the system in the long term they

make battery backup systems where you

would have a secondary pump down in your

sump basin that operates off of a

battery in the instance of a power

outage that battery backup pump is going

to run off of the battery when the

primary pump doesn't have electricity or

in the situation where your primary pump

is not keeping up with the inflow and it

does have power this backup pump can

lend a little bit of additional volume

so there's multiple reasons to have a

battery backup system and I think that

it's a great investment in the long term

because it can definitely save you some

money and you know save in your basement

is definitely a priority for most people

so here we go with tip number four okay

so tip number four this one's pretty

straightforward sump pumps like any

other mechanical thing with moving parts

do wear out from time to time

now some pumps are kind of unique in a

way that when they fail usually there's

not a whole lot of time between the

failure and when things start to go bad

so being proactive knowing what pump you

have and how available that pump is

those are things to keep in mind when it

comes to owning a sump pump primarily

because you want to make sure that

you're not finding yourself in a bit of

a pickle in the event that something

goes wrong so tying all these tips

together this is just one more tip where

we wanted to emphasize the importance of

knowing what equipment you've got and

whether or not it's working so that you

can be proactive and keep things from

floodings essentially so on the tip

number six five on the tip number five

so here

our tip number five we're well on our

way and only one away from the final and

fantastic tip so what we've got for tip

number five this kind of relates to tip

number four a little bit but it's a

little bit different at the same time so

be proactive again with the ownership of

your system

knowing the workings of the system how

it operates what each individual

component is these are all things

they're going to be things that help you

to save money in the long run because

the more you know about your system the

more you're going to be able to

troubleshoot and determine on your own

and thus allowing you to save money and

also preventing you from being taken

advantage of by professionals one

additional thing that I would recommend

that everyone do when you have a sump

pump system is take all of your

ownership documents and receipts and

everything that's related to the sump

pump purchase and installation and put

that in a ziplock baggie and hang that

on the wall next to where your sump is

so that you've always got easy access

you always know when and where and what

with relation to the equipment that

you've got installed so keep that in

mind and now we're on to the exciting

tip number six okay here we are

tip number six now if you recognize what

this is then you're not in for much of a

surprise but if you don't recognize what

this is then aren't you glad that you

stuck around through tip number six so

here we are with an alarm system what

this does is it actually mounts to the

wall and it can be mounted close to your

sump or it can be mounted a little

farther away depending on where you are

in your home in relation to where the

sump is so these have a very loud

audible alarm that will notify you when

the sump has failed now this particular

unit this is the original

let's see tank alert one series now this

one doesn't actually have a battery

backup but they do have plenty of

options with a battery backup so if

you're in a situation where you want to

protect yourself or no in the instance

for example that you don't have a

battery backup sump pump you would

definitely want to invest in the battery

backup alarm because if that something

becomes full and starts overflowing at

least then you have an opportunity to do

something about it whereas this

alarm just operates off a 120-volt if it

doesn't have power it's not going to

work but the idea is that when the sub

pump isn't turning on you've got a

secondary float that when it raises it's

gonna sound the alarm just like that

that's I think this is a 92 decibel

alarm that's in this thing so very loud

and chances are you'd be able to hear it

anywhere within your house relatively

easily and another thing that you can do

once you have one of these systems or if

you already have one of these systems is

regularly test it with the test button

to determine if the buzzer is still

working properly just to assure yourself

that you're gonna know when that alarm

does go off so that's tip number six get

a battery backup alarm system or a

standard alarm system I would say a

standard alarm system is going to be

more than sufficient if you have a

battery backup system in your home for

your sump if you don't then I would

highly recommend going with the battery

backup alarm so that you always know

what's going on with your system so

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