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How to Test Your Sump Pump

August 18, 2017

Curious to see if your sump pump is working correctly? Good, it’s important to check this part of your home’s plumbing system regularly to ensure it is working efficiently. This will help to protect your home and your belongings in the event of a flood. Here’s how to go about testing your sump pump.

how to test your sump pump

Where is the Sump Pump?

Your sump pump is going to be located in your basement or crawl space. It’s not a certainty, but a good place to start looking will be near all of your other home plumbing systems—such as your water heater or water main shut-off valve. The sump pump should also be in a hole to help direct water—so if you see a hole or grate in the floor of your basement then start searching there.

How to Test a Sump Pump

To test a sump pump, you will have to make the float, which turns the pump on, rise to a high enough point for it to engage the pump. To do this you will need to pour water into the sump pump’s hole—you may need a few gallons before it engages. Just because the pump switched on doesn’t mean it is working; check that the pump is lowing the water level.

What to Do if the Sump Pump Doesn’t Work?

If your sump pump doesn’t work, you’re going to want to fix or replace the sump pump promptly. A broken sump pump is asking for trouble if you have rain in the forecast. Whether you have an issue with the pump not turning on or you have an issue with the pump not moving water, give a local Sykesville, MD sump pump service a call today.

Why Choose Michael Runk?

Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating has been servicing the Sykesville, MD and surrounding areas for over 20 years. Our commitment to quality plumbing services and repairs means that if your sump pump is busted, we have the skill and experience to repair or replace your sump pump quickly and at an affordable price.

For more information on the sump pump services in Sykesville, MD offered by Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating, give Michael Runk a call at 410-781-6791 or fill out the form on our website, today!


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