How to Test Your Sump Pump

Sump pumps are one of the essential equipment to protect your home from water damage during serious storms and heavy rains. Installing a sump pump in your basement is always better, but you have to test it on a regular basis. These pumps can eliminate the excess water in the crawl spaces, basement, and around your foundation as well as move that water out from your home. 

Hence, it is very essential to test your sump pumps two times a year, before the fall and spring seasons. By this, you can avoid the flooding and ensure it’s ready for when you require it. Fortunately, testing your sump pump is a simple process and only takes a few minutes. In this article, we’ll take a look at how to test your sump pump. 

How to Test Your Sump Pump 

Here are some of the ways to test a sump pump. By following these tips, you can test your sump pump without the help of a plumber. 

1. Check the Drain Outside 

In many houses, sump pumps drain to the outside. If you have a drainage pump to the city sewer main, you have to call a plumber to check and clean the drain. 

On the other hand, if you have an outlet pipe leading to your yard, take the flashlight, and find the end, peek inside. If you find a lot of dirt clogging the pipe, remove it, therefore the water can easily get out. If the process is too difficult for you, you can call a plumber to clean the debris. 

2. Ensure the Electrical Elements are in Order 

The sump pump should be attached to a ground fault circuit interrupter. It helps to protect the pump from a potential short while it is submerged. You can also unplug and plug it back in to see if it turns on quickly. Finally, if your primary sump pump malfunctions, consider a battery-based backup pump for your sump pump that operates when the power goes out.

3. Pour Water into the Pump 

You can pour 5 gallons of water into the pump if your sump pump has one cord. The float should rise, then the pump should run. Once the water is pumped, ensure the pump shuts off automatically.

If your sump pump doesn’t work properly, when you’re testing, you should call the local plumber. Generally, the sump pump lasts for up to 10 years, but if it runs often, you may consider changing it every five years. 

4. Clean Regularly and Maintain the Sump Pump 

You should clean your sump pump on a regular basis. If there’s any mud trapped in the pump, it will impede water flow. You should replace the pump, if it is more than ten years old. 

5. Make any Adjustments

There is a tap at the bottom of the sump pump that you will need to clean during your routine test, especially before spring, when there is a slight buildup. You will need to remove the pump for access. Moreover, the pump vibrates when in use, causing the pump to tilt sideways. If so, fix it too.

Sump pumps are generally simple and user-friendly. It is very essential in any area with a high water table and will protect your home basement from flooding. Make sure you contact a plumber that can help if you are in trouble.