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 How to Test a Sump Pump

How to Test a Sump Pump

How to Test a Sump Pump

Basement floods are one of the worst things you can deal with in your home. If your basement is finished, it can ruin your entire room and cause the need to renovate. If the specific city you live in experiences a lot of rain throughout the year, you always want to make sure your sump pump is working properly – because if not, things won’t be pretty. There are ways you can make sure your sump pump is in working order, and Drain Doctor is here to give your our top tips and tricks!

One of the smartest things you can do for yourself and to save yourself money in the long run is to perform regular testing. Having a sump pump that doesn’t work is no good – if there’s ever a big rainstorm and your sump pump isn’t working, you should always prepare yourself for the worst.

If you’re not sure how to properly perform sump pump testing, no worries! Drain Doctor has you covered! We’ve been working with sump pumps for as long as we can remember, and we have 3 different ways that you can test your sump pump.

3 Ways to Test your Sump Pump

1.  Check the piping
Your sump pump is attached to piping that goes in, around, and under your home. If you want to make sure your sump pump is up and running and ready to go for the upcoming rainstorm you’re getting, you should always start by going to the outside pipe that is responsible for catching water as it drains from your sump pump. Make sure this pipe is in good condition and isn’t clogged with any debris, grease, or any other junk.

2.  Use a 5-gallon bucket
If your outside pipes seem to be clear, the next thing Drain Doctor wants you to do is fill a 5-gallon bucket (you can use a large cooking pot). Start to pour the water into your sump pump pit and watch the water level. If it float of your sump pump rises to the top, your pump should kick on and empty the put and turn right back off. If your pump doesn’t kick on and drain the water, it’s time to call Drain Doctor for sump pump servicing.

3.  Make sure it’s plugged in
We know we know… it’s common sense to have it plugged in. But you’d be surprised to find out it may not be plugged in and that’s why it isn’t working properly. If you’re worried about your sump pump working, always make sure it’s plugged into an outlet that works. If your basement is damp, it’s easily possible that your outlets might be tripped and you don’t even know it.

Are you experiencing issues with your sump pump and you need maintenance? Are you expecting a big rainstorm and you want to ensure your sump pump is working properly? Call the office of Drain Doctor today! We offer drain services including sump pump repair. Don’t wait until your basement floods to give us a call! We are always happy to service your sump pump with our professional plumbers so you can feel safe going into your next rainstorm.