Sump Pump Cleaning

Making sure your sump pump is fully cleaned for all properties across England and Wales

Cleaning Your Basement Sump Pump

Cleaning your sump pump is vital if you want to make sure that your sump pump system keeps working correctly year after year.

As specialists in the installation, servicing, and cleaning of basement sump and pump systems, we are confident in saying that regular cleaning and servicing is crucial, with the cleaning including checks made on the pumps valve, the backup system, and ensuring that the sump pump system is clear of debris.

Whilst you could make these checks yourself, we strongly suggest that you should have a fully qualified engineer visit your property to ensure that they are carried out correctly.

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Does Your Sump Pump Need Cleaning?

The simple answer is yes. Think of your basement pump in the same way as you would the engine of a car. To keep a car in good working order it requires regular maintenance, and just like that, a basement pump will need regular basement pump servicing to avoid it breaking down and requiring a repair.

Having your pump cleaned and checked is by far more convenient than arranging a repair though. Our engineer will travel to your property, and have everything sorted with minimal disruption or interruption to your everyday life.

You can arrange for a regular clean and check appointment with us on our website, but please bear in mind that whilst sump pump systems should be cleaned at least annually, in some instances they may require more frequent cleaning (especially in areas with high silt concentration, for example).

How Is a Sump Pump Cleaned?

You should make sure that your sump pump is cleaned by a fully qualified professional to ensure that your sump pump receives the best of care, that it’s working as it should be, and that you are as protected against the chances of a breakdown in the near future as you can be.

One of the worst things that can happen to any property owner is having your basement flooded unexpectedly as a result of the pump failing. You can avoid that kind of problem with a well maintained sump pump

Should your sump pump fail our service engineers will carry out the following checks to ensure that your sump pump is fully cleaned and working again as soon as possible:


  1. Disconnect the power to the sump pump.
  2. Remove the pump unit from the sump.
  3. Clean out the sump (Remove Limescale, Shingle etc).
  4. Clean the pump unit (bleed holes, impeller and non return valve).
  5. Check one-way valves on the pump outlet pipe (if accessible).
  6. Inspect the running sequence of the pump.
  7. Inspect the alarm system.
  8. Check the back-up system.
  9. Descale the sump and pump.
  10. Check the water outlet for blockages.
  11. Check the perimeter drainage. Replacing parts as necessary to maintain the effectiveness of the system. (Some parts may be chargeable).
  12. Reconnect the power to pump and restore and drainage systems that are connected to the sump pump.

How Often Should You Clean Sump Pump?

This is a common question, and the simple answer is at least every 12 months. This timeline obviously depends on what type of pump is installed, and where you are located, but to remain effective your pump needs to be inspected and cleaned regularly.

The majority of pumps we see need to be cleaned only once a year. This can change if it is used heavily on a regular basis, then you should really consider having a 6 monthly basement pump service.

Need Your Basement Sump Pump Cleaned?

Cleaning of your basement sump pump system should be carried out by one of our professionals at Basement Sump and Pump Co. Our engineers have been cleaning sump pumps for over 15 years. We are accredited with the Property Care Association and Checkatrade so you can be assured that the works carried out will be to a high standard.

You don’t want to be in that situation where your pump has not been fully checked and then it breaks down soon after. Our engineers provide a full clean and check service to make sure that everything is working exactly as it should.

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To book a sump pump cleaning service you can contact our team by simply calling 0800 019 9949 or contact us online for one of our team to call you straight back.

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