How to Test Your Sump Pump

Testing your sump pump regularly is one of the best ways to protect yourself against home water damage. Better yet, it’s easy to do and won’t cost you a penny. A properly working sump pump can save your home and your belongings in the event of a flood or severe weather conditions. You should check your pump every two to three months to ensure that it is working correctly.

How to Test Your Sump PumpThere are a number of things that can cause sump pump failure. A pump that is the wrong size or that is improperly installed may experience a shortened lifespan, or worse, may not work at all. Frozen or clogged discharge lines can also become problematic, preventing excess water from leaving your home. A backup sump pump system can protect your home in the event that your primary pump is out of commission.

Maintaining your sump pump on a regular basis can reduce the risk of failure and offer you peace of mind while you’re at work or on vacation. There are two quick and easy tests that you can use to check that your sump pump is working correctly.

Plug in the Sump Pump Switch

Your sump pump switch is connected to a float device that ensures the pump is only activated in the presence of moisture. If you disconnect the sump pump from the float device and plug it directly into the wall outlet, your sump pump should start up immediately, regardless of whether water is present or not. If you do not hear the pump running, it may need replacing. Be sure to plug the pump switch back into the float device after you have completed your test.

Fill the Sump Basin with Water

Running water through your sump pump is another way to make sure that it is functioning properly. You must first remove the lid from the sump basin, then slowly pour in water until the pump engages. If the pump does not start until the water level nears the top of the basin, then your float switch is set too high. If the pump kicks in immediately, however, it means that your float switch is set too low. Pumps that do not start at all or that function incorrectly either need replacement or repair.

To learn more about testing and replacing your sump pump, contact Basement Flood Protector online or by phone at (847) 852-7150.