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Clogged Sump Pump? Here’s An Easy Fix

A sump pump is your home’s first line of defense against a flood. A sump pump is a pump used to remove water that has accumulated in a water-collecting sump basin, commonly found in the basements of homes. Over time, fine silk or sediment can build up in the pump basin leading to a problem.

Vinegar for Cleaning

Vinegar is a mild acid that can be used as a pesticide, cleaning agent, and food source. Its acidic properties can dissolve residue from smooth surfaces such as stainless steel and glass. It can also be used as a degreaser.

However, vinegar must be mixed with water in order to avoid damaging the surface. It’s only a mild acid but it still can be strong enough to dissolve materials.

For cleaning purposes, it is often best to use a stronger type of vinegar than your regular kitchen vinegar. Here’s an example of a good cleaning vinegar available on Amazon, which packs a punch 6 times as strong as a regular vinegar.

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Cleaning a Sump Pump with Vinegar

The best sump cleaner is regular household white vinegar. Not only is it inexpensive, but it will remove dirt and prevent smells. Make a solution of vinegar and warm water, pour it into the sump pit and then give it a rest for the next 10 – 15 minutes. Flush the solution, and all sediment will be cleared. Use a rag to wipe down your sump pump and a scrub brush to remove stubborn dirt or grime

For larger issues, Dean’s Home Services plumbers can help you install, fix and troubleshoot any potential problems.

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