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How to Test Your Sump Pump

Water can build up along the foundation of your home and cause flooding in the basement and crawlspace, especially during heavy rains. A sump pump moves the excess ground water out and away from your home. Sewer Optics wants to make sure your sump pump levels remain below the drain line.

First, just unplug the pump and then plug it in again. If you look at the outlet where you 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, don’t forget to reconnect the other plug.

The second way to test your sump pump is by running water through it. The sump pit should be located in the basement or in your crawlspace. Lift the lid and make sure your water levels are below the horizontal PVC pipe. If they are not, your sump pump may need to be replaced. You only need enough water to raise the float until the pump kicks on. Now, just because the pump runs, that doesn’t mean it will actually work, so watch to make sure the water actually gets pumped out of the hole.

If you need your sump pump tested, serviced, or replaced call the experts at Sewer Optics today! Schedule your appointment at 303-843-7280.