Tape down plastic sheeting over the top of your sump pit, and this will reduce evaporation, odors, and the risk of radon gas entering your basement.
Check operation and clear strainer screen
This task ensures proper operation of sump pump, which reduces risk of serious water damage.
Timing: October (yearly)
Check the inlet suction screen to be sure it is not blocked or plugged with debris. Clean out as necessary.
To check operation of the sump pump motor, pour water into the drain area and see if the motor turns on when the float rises with the water level. Repair as necessary.
The benefits of this task are high, in that it helps to prevent very costly water damage, especially if you have a finished basement.
The cost of this task is low from an investment of time standpoint, as once you have done it the first time, it is much easier the next. It should only take about 30 minutes to complete.
Originally posted at http://www.petermuehlbronner.home-wizard.com/idea/SPX_12