Once you are done with the installation of your domestic sump pump you want to make sure that the unit actually works properly. Even if it’s the best sump pump model in the market, there might be something wrong with the product itself. You have a few things to try in order to make sure that you will be safe during the next hurricane or heavy rain.
If you explore the whole construction thoroughly you will easily become familiar with how the whole process must take place. The bottom line is to always have the pumped water away from the house. This is why you can start by stepping outside and locating the discharge pipe.
See if the water that it shoots goes away from your house. You don’t want this water to go uphill or stay in a hole. This will more than likely cause it to come back to the foundation of the house. Such a thing will render your precious sump pump pointless.
Testing The Plug
You can dry test your sump pump and it is not hard to do. Many people prefer this method because they do not have to dismount the lid of the liner. There’s also no need to run for a bucket of water. So take a look at the plug. Most sump pumps have two plugs which…well, plug into each other before going to the outlet.
This is because one of the plugs is a direct one and the other one is connected to the float switch. When not testing the sump pump you want to have the cord with the float switch plugged in at all times. What it will do is it will turn the pump on once the float switch raises above a certain level. Until then, this plug will remain on standby.
But now we are interested in the other plug as it is used mainly when people want to find a way how to test a sump pump. If you stick the direct plug into the socket the unit will turn on. Or at least it better turn on because otherwise, it would mean that the sump pump is non-functional. If you hear the motor working down there in the pit, then all is good.
The Water Test
The test we described above is useful but it will still not let you know whether the sump pump will start automatically in the event of a flood. For this purpose, we are going to tell you how to water test your device.
What you want to do here is have the float switch plug inserted in the outlet. Then, you will need to take the lid off. This is typically achieved by using a screwdriver as there will be a couple of screws on top of it.
If the pit is clean and there’s little water in it, you can stretch your arm in there and try to lift the float switch. Upon doing that the machine should start pumping. If it doesn’t, then you have a problem. But in case your pit is full and is filthy then you are in for some cleaning.
It is essential to keep the liner clean at all times because silt and debris might clog and damage the pump. We recommend using chlorine or bleach in order to properly sanitize the pit. This should be done at least once every 3 months.
Now that you are happy with the condition of the pit, ask your kid to go grab a bucket of water. In some cases, you might need two (buckets not kids). Make sure everything is connected and plugged in and pour away.
If you use enough water, the float switch will surely rise as the water table will also go significantly up. Even if your sump pump becomes submerged, that’s okay – it is meant to be that way. Once the level of the water goes high enough, the float switch will send a signal to the plug and the electrical motor will be turned on.
If you hear the magical sound of the pump sucking some water in, then you are completely in the clear. Put the lid back down and you are good to go.