How to Test a Sump Pump

How to Test a Sump Pump

With all of the rain we get in Florida, not to mention severe weather events like tropical storms and hurricanes, flooding is unfortunately not an uncommon occurrence in this state. So, when it comes to the devices made to prevent our homes from flooding, it’s a good idea to keep them well maintained.

Within your home’s plumbing system, a powerful pump called the sump pump works to quickly expel water from underneath your home. Learn what this vital piece of equipment does and how to maintain it, here:

What’s a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a forceful water pump that removes water from underneath your home when flooding occurs due to burst pipes, a severe weather event or other emergencies.

Sump pumps are placed in a sump pit, which sits at the lowest point under your home and is usually about two feet deep and 18 inches wide. Water accumulates there naturally through the force of gravity. When the water rises to a certain level, it activates a pressure sensor that turns the pump on. Some sump pump models might also activate with a float switch.

The sump pump pulls water out the sump pit and sends it through drainage pipes or directly into the sewer system connected to your home. If weren’t for this powerful device, your home might experience damage from flooding more frequently and severely.

How to Test a Sump Pump in 4 Steps

When you know a heavy storm is on its way, it’s always a good idea to check the sump pump. While a plumbing professional will be able to perform the most thorough test, it’s not too hard to do on your own when time is of the essence. Just follow these steps.

Step 1. Check the power supply. Make sure it is properly connected.

Step 2. Clear debris from the sump pit. Dirt, leaves, twigs and other things may have piled up in there. They could cause a clog.

Step 3. Fill the sump pit with water so it reaches the level required to turn the pump on. If your sump pump uses a float switch, lift it by hand to see if the pump activates. In this case, be sure not to leave the pump running without water in it for more than a few seconds. Doing so could cause damage.

Step 4. If the pump turns on like it’s supposed, cycle water through it to help clear debris that may have built up inside the pump. If the pump does not activate like it’s supposed to, call for a repair immediately.

Don’t Risk Flooding, Contact Climate Design to Repair Your Sump Pump

Whether it’s a burst pipe or a flash flood, we can’t always predict when a sump pump will be necessary to protect our homes. Don’t take the risk. If you need an inspection or repair for your home’s sump pump, call Climate Design today!

Our experienced plumbing professionals are equipped to perform a variety of repairs with expert care.

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