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How to Test Your Sump Pump

Posted on: August 11, 2017

Having a sump pump system installed in your home is an excellent way to improve your defenses against water damage and reduce the risks of flooding. But simply having one installed doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to kick right on and do its job if you don’t keep an eye on it! Like any tool or piece of equipment it should be inspected on a routine basis and maintained by professionals.

Not sure how to go about testing a sump pump? No worries! AC by J is here to help. Today we’ll be going over the basics, helping you stay prepared for any complication, be it bad weather or plumbing failure!

In need of sump pump or plumbing repair in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, or any of the surrounding areas? Contact AC by J online now or call 602-842-6742!

Why Are Sump Pump Tests Important?

We know that testing equipment is situated firmly at the bottom of everyone’s “fun” list, but at the same time these tests play a crucial role in keeping your home (and pump) prepared. The trouble with sump pumps and similar tools is that they are, in essence, a standby tool. That means they aren’t typically running all day every day, and thus it’s not easy to spot when something goes wrong.

Routine testing addresses this, letting you catch problems early and get the necessary repairs before it becomes an issue. Plus, don’t fret! Sump pump tests are actually very easy, and typically only take a couple of minutes at most.

Performing a Simple Pump Test & Basic Maintenance

We call it “simple” because you should also have the equipment checked by a professional once a year. But in the time in between, you should be sure to test your sump pump on a routine basis—every two to three months.

Standard Sump Pump Test

  1. Run the pump. A sump pump runs automatically when water fills its basin, engaging when a component called the “float” detects a certain water level. You can run the pump one of two ways. One way is to simply fill the sump basin with water until it hits the float engage level. The other is to unplug the float mechanism at the outlet. The pump and float are on separate plugs, and if you unplug the float the pump will automatically engage.
  2. Check the drain system. It’s most likely that your sump pump drains to the outdoors into a catch pipe. You’ll want to inspect the pipe for possible blockages and ensure no buildup is accumulating by removing any leaves, grime, or mold that may have turned up in or around the catch pipe.

When running your pump you’re mostly just doing a quick sound and visual test. Did you hear any unusual grinding, see any strange movement, or did the pump fail to engage? If yes to either, you need a professional to come see what’s up!

Sump Pump Services in Phoenix, AZ

If you need sump pump service in Arizona, be it pump repair or just a routine inspection, be sure to contact our specialists! Our plumbing service team puts your needs first, offering fast and accurate services that will ensure your pump system is ready come leak or high water. Contact us today to set an appointment!

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