If you have a wet basement you may have a sump pump in your basement. A sump pump is a great idea for preventing flooding in your home. There are a few things you need to know about the pump in order to make sure it works properly. Once a year, before it is needed, you need to make sure everything is in working order. Some regular maintenance task include removing debris, making sure the float and valve are free to move. You should also make sure you hear the pump running smoothly. If your pump is automatic, you need to make sure it will start and stop by adding water to the sump, As seen here, there are many types of pumps depending on your specific needs. But they are work on the same principal and need the same regular maintenance.