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How To Test Your Sump Pump

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

It is crucial to own a sump pump to prevent ground water from getting into the basement or even a crawl space. Excess water can quickly gather and seep into the foundation, especially during a heavy rainstorm. A sump pump moves the ground water out away from your home. However, if your pump should stop working, water could get into your basement and foundation walls, causing mold and mildew, or worse a flood!

Make sure you test your sump pump before a rainstorm quickly sneaks up on you. There are two simple and easy steps.

First, unplug the pump and then plug it in again. If you look at the outlet where your sump pump is plugged in, you should see two separate plugs. Unplug both of them, and then plug in just the one for the pump. If the pump doesn’t turn on immediately, your pump needs to be repaired or replaced, so you should call a licensed plumber. If the pump worked properly, please remember to reconnect the other plug!

The second way to test your sump pump is by running water through it. You can manually add just enough water to raise the float until the pump kicks on. When the pump begins to run, great! But watch to make sure the water actually gets pumped out of the hole.

Another way to manually get it to kick on is by lifting the float arm up and see if the pump turns on. This won’t determine if water will actually be pumped out, however. If you test the pump without water, don’t let it run more than a few seconds. Otherwise, you risk damaging the pump motor!

We see flooded basements all to often as a result of a failed sump pump. Practice these suggestions and you will be saving yourself from a lot time, heartache and money!

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