Learning Center

Sump Pump Maintenance Tips & Preventing Sewer Backup

gutter filled with rain during storm

Inside the home:

  • Install a battery back up for the sump pump
  • Check the sump pump yearly to make sure it is working by following these simple steps;
    • Remove the cover from the sump pump pit
    • Make sure the drain hose is connected properly
    • Slowly pour water into the pit
    • Fill the pit until the float rises high enough to activate the pump
    • If the pump does not work, call a professional to repair
  • Install a sewer backflow check valve if sewage has ever backed up through the floor drain

Outside the home:

  • Install window well covers
  • Have proper drainage away from the foundation of the home
  • Remove all trees growing next to the foundation – the roots can crack the foundation walls allowing water to enter
  • Install gutters and downspouts – keep them clean
  • Install downspout extensions if water from the downspout collects near the foundation

Visit DisasterSafety.org for additional information on how to prevent water damage.



These recommendations were developed using generally accepted safety standards. Compliance with these recommendations is not a guarantee that you will be in conformance with any building code, federal, state or local regulation regarding safety or fire. Compliance with these recommendations does not ensure the absolute safety of your occupation, business or residence. It is the property owner’s duty to warn any tenants or occupants of the property of any safety hazards that may exist.

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