Last year was one of the wettest on record. If this trend continues, spring thaw and periods of heavy rain may cause water to accumulate around your home’s foundation. A sump pump helps prevent this water from entering your home and flooding your basement.
To make sure your sump pump is ready when you need it, take the following steps to ensure it’s working properly.
Inspect the pump.
Remove the cover over the sump pit and look inside. If the water level is low, chances are good the pump is working properly. If the water level is high or you see signs of damage, it’s probably time for replacement.
Check the outlet pipe.
Clear away any obstructions and make sure the pipe is pointed away from your home.
Check the electrical components.
To test the sump pump, unplug it and plug it back in to see if it turns on.
Pour a bucket of water into the sump pit.
The pump should kick on once the water level reaches a predetermined level. If the pump doesn’t turn on, it may be clogged or damaged, and you should call for service.