Sump Pump Maintenance – How to Test Your Sump Pump at Home

Your sump pump removes water from your home should it come in during a heavy storm. Just a little water in your basement can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage!

Make sure that your sump pump is in working order this year with some tips from the Outstanding Plumber. Here’s how to test your sump pump for issues — perform this simple step before a major storm to make sure your home is protected from flooding. It only takes a minute. Watch the instructional sump pump video or read the transcript below!

In order to test your sump pump, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that the primary sump pump is plugged in.
  2. Lift the “float” (as shown in the video). This should trigger your sump pump’s motor to turn on.
  3. Watch the basket. If there’s water in the device, does it clear out?

If you motor doesn’t come on or the water in the basket doesn’t clear out, you may need sump pump repair or replacement. The lifespan of a sump pump is about 10 years — how old is your unit? Outstanding Plumbing can help you fix your sump pump or install a brand new device to give you peace of mind in any storm. Call to schedule sump pump service today!

Another idea to consider during any sump pump installation is getting a battery powered back-up sump pump in case the power goes out during a storm. The battery powered pump will also turn on automatically in case of a flood, even if your electric pump is off due to a black-out.

Need more help or info about your sump pump? Call the experts at Outstanding Plumbing today!

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