Inspect your sump pump

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Sump pumps protect your basement from water damage by pumping ground water away from your home.  High amounts of rainfall make the springtime the ideal time to inspect your sump pump and backup sump pump to make sure they are in good working order.

Inspecting and testing your sump pump is very easy and you shouldn’t have a problem doing this yourself.  Here’s how:

Find your sump pump

Your sump pump is usually located in your basement or crawl space.  It’s an unsealed pit that contains water and the sump pump.  The sump pump is connected to pipes that carry pumped water outside and away from your home.

Look for two plugs

One plug is connected to the sump pump and the other plug is connected to the float.  The float is the mechanism that tells your sump pump when the water level in the pit is too high and needs to be pumped out.

The plug from the float will be plugged into an electrical outlet.  The plug from the pump is plugged into the back of the plug to the float.

Test the pump

Unplug the plug that is on the back of the float and insert it directly into a wall outlet.  When you plug it into the outlet, you should hear it turn on immediately.  If you don’t hear it turn on, then you should contact a plumber as soon as possible to have your system checked.

 

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