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Checking your sump pump
It is important to check your sump pump
regularly to make sure that it is in proper working condition.
Remove the cover and slowly pour water
into the sump tank.
Watch for the "float" to rise and trigger
Once the pump is engaged, the water level
will quickly lower and the float will shut off the pump.
This is what is called "a normal sump cycle".
Most problems with the sump pump are float related. If the pump does not start,
the float may be hanging on something in the tank. A simple repositioning of the
pump should solve the problem. If this fails, the float may need replacement.
If the pump fails to shut off when the water level drops to the bottom of the
sump tank, this indicates a new float is needed.
Learn about the importance of backup sump
pumps and having a reliable sump pump backup system.
Below are a number of other reasons why your electric sump pump may fail:
Pump may be burned out, unplugged, or
jammed with mud or a stone
Broken impeller or drive shaft
Float switch is stuck or broken
Tripped circuit breaker, a blown fuse, or
damaged power feed line
Too much water or a clogged intake screen
Clogged or frozen discharge pipe