Test your sump pump twice a year

Sump pumps are essential for protecting your home against water infiltration and possible flooding.

Sump pumps remove excess water from your basement, crawlspaces and around your foundation. Then transport that water away from your home.

It is important to test your sump pump twice a year. Test before the spring and fall seasons, so that you can avoid flooding. Make sure your sump pump is ready for when you need it.

Check the drainpipe/hose

Sump pumps, pump water out of the sump pit to the outside of your home. Check the pipes/hoses that lead outside for any debris that may block the water.

Also, make sure that the water is draining away from your foundation. Make sure there is no snow or ice blocking the pipe or causing water to pool close to the foundation.

Check the pump’s power

Locate the two cords running to the electrical outlet from your sump pump. One cord will be for the pump and the other will be the float. Unplug the two cords, and plug in the pump cord only.

This should turn on the pump and you should hear the motor running. If it’s working, re-connect the cords and plug them back in.

Pour water into the pump pit

If your sump pump only has one cord, you can test it by pouring 5 gallons of water into the pump pit. The float should rise and the pump should then turn on. Once the water gets pumped, make sure that the pump turns itself off.

If you’re testing your sump pump and it doesn’t seem to be working.

Contact AAA Solid Foundation Repair

We can come out to repair or replace your sump pump.

How long do Sump Pumps Last?

Depending on the brand and how often your sump pump runs. Sump pumps last for about 10 years. But, if your sump pump runs often, you may consider replacing it every 5 to 7 years.

Buy the best sump pump you can afford. It is far less expensive than fixing flood damage in your home.

Sump pumps are only good in an emergency if they work. Take the time and test your sump pump.