What is the worst way to figure out your sump pump is not working? By finding water in your basement. A better approach… test your sump pump annually, before the rainy seasons. Experts recommend checking your sump pump either in late winter or early fall. This will help cover the rainy/snowy seasons to ensure your pump has the power to prevent floods. This is an easy process that should take less than 5 minutes to complete.
Simply fill a bucket of water or run a hose to your sump pit and fill your pit up so that the float level raises. Your sump pump should kick on and dispel all (or most of) the water from your pit. If the pump does not kick on you may need to add more water as your float might not have triggered the pump quite yet, or you may have found that your sump pump is not operational.
If your pump is not operational, you’ll want to either buy a new pump and install it, or call a professional to come out and take look. They could save you money by just having to install a new float switch.
The final step for protection is to always use a water sensor with an alarm system. This will alert you of a problem in real time before a broken sump pump turns into a flood. Basement water alarm systems are affordable and can help prevent you from having to pay thousands in water damage repairs.