How to check if Your Sump Pump is working

How to check if Your Sump Pump is working

Sump Pump Failure

During heavy rain falls and severe storms, sump pumps play an important role in safeguarding your property from water damage. Sump pumps take water from the basement, vent hoods, and around the foundation and carry it away from the house. It is critical to inspect the sump pump once or twice every year, but most importantly before the spring and autumn seasons in order to ensure that it is ready to use when in need. 

Fortunately, monitoring the sump pump in Barrie is fairly simple and can be done quickly using some of the techniques below. 

  1. Remove any debris from the external drain pipe. Check to see if it is still keeping water away from the foundation. Clear any debris around your sump pump that may have accumulated in or around it, this can help prevent it from clogging.  
  2. Examine the power of the motor in the sump pump. Connect the two cables that travel from your sump pump to an outlet. The pump cord is one, and the float cord is the other. The pump cord will be connected to the side of the float cord. Remove the two cables and simply plug in the pump cord. The pump should now be turned on and the motor should be functioning. Reconnect the cables and plug them back in if it is functioning correctly.
  3. Fill the pump pit with water. Another way to test your sump pump is by slowly putting 5 gallons or around 20 liters of water into the pump pit. When the float rises, the pump should activate. As soon as the water is pumped, ensure the pump shuts off on its own.
  4. If putting water into the sump pump is not an option, the float should be raised and the pump tested for operation. To avoid any damage, the pump should not operate for longer than a few seconds. 

If the sump pump is not functioning correctly, broken and you need your sump pump fixed or repaired after you have performed various tests, call Sureflow Plumbing & Drain today and we will ensure your sump pump is up and running perfectly and effectively. Sump pumps may last up to ten years, but if you use them frequently, you may want to replace them every 5-7 years. Sump pumps are only useful in an emergency if they operate, so make sure to test yours frequently.

The information provided is for general information purposes only and not intended to replace professional service. Please consult a licensed plumber for advice and diagnosis so you can receive the correct service for your specific situation.