Two Minutes To Test Your Sump Pump Could Save You Hours

For many homeowners, checking the sump pump is far down the to-do list, if it even makes the list at all. However, checking the sump pump frequently is an essential home maintenance chore. Though it only takes a few minutes to ensure the pump and all its components are in good working order, the task can save you hours—or even days—of headache. Checking the sump pump is easy and requires a few simple steps:

  • Follow the two electrical cords to ensure the pump and float cords are connected. Make sure the pump cord is plugged into the outlet.
  • Listen for a humming noise when the pump turns on. If the pump is humming, it’s working.
  • If your pump doesn’t have two cords, try pouring 20 liters of water slowly into the pit of the pump until the float rises. Once the float rises, the pump should turn on. Once all the water is gone, it should kick back off.

Performing this simple home maintenance chore can help keep your basement clean and dry and grant you peace of mind.

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