7 Testing Tips to Check Your Sump Pump - On the House

7 Testing Tips to Check Your Sump Pump

By on November 7, 2014
Sump Pump

This is a very easy test that may avoid major water damage to your home.

Slowly pour several gallons of water into the sump pit to see whether the pump turns on. You should do this every few months, but especially after a long dry season or before a rainy one. If it does not start, consider replacing the pump with a new battery back-up style.

Here are some additional testing tips:

  1. If there is a back-up pump, unplug the primary pump and run the back-up pump to make sure it works properly
  2. When testing your sump pump, go outside to make sure it is discharging water
  3. Sometimes the pump can run but not pump any water. This means the impeller has disengaged from the pump shaft or the check valve is installed backwards.
  4. Check the operation of the float to make sure it is not restricted
  5. Clean out the air hole in the discharge line
  6. Listen for any unusual noises when the motor is running
  7. Replace the battery on the back-up sump pump every 2 or 3 years

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