Sump pumps keep ground water away from your home. Without a working sump pump, your basement would be less guest room meets office space and more swamp meets dungeon. Keep water flowing out of the house rather than collecting on your carpet or concrete by taking a quick peek at your sump pump.
Locate your sump pit (usually in your basement or crawlspace). It’s different than a sanitary pit in that it’s not sealed and it contains water that seeps into your drain tile or into the ground around your home.
Sump pits will have a sump pump in them. The sump pump is connected to pipes that take the pumped water outside and away from the house.
The sump pump will have two (2) plugs: One that is connected to the pump itself and one that is connected to the “float” that tells the pump when the water in the sump pit is too high and needs to be pumped out.
Usually, the plug from the float is plugged into the outlet, and the plug from the pump is plugged into the back of the plug to the float. This allows the pump to only turn on when the float turns on.
To test the pump, take the plug from the back of the float, unplug it, and then insert it directly into the wall outlet. When you plug it into the outlet, you should hear it turn on immediately.
If your pump doesn’t turn on, then you should call a plumber ASAP to get your system checked. It’s well worth the expense.