How To Test Your Sump Pump: A Guide

Repairing a sump pump in a basement with a red LED light illuminating the pit and pipe work for draining ground water

Sump pumps are necessary to keep your basement, crawl space, and other low-to-the-ground areas free from excessive water and moisture. They are naturally constructed basins that hold the pump itself; these pumps feature valves that can sense when water levels are too high, and they will automatically pump the water outside of your home.

Sump pumps ensure mold or mildew, unwanted pests, and other issues are avoided. If you notice that your sump pump isn’t working as it should or want to guarantee it’ll have your back when you need it, there are ways you can test it yourself. Below, we look at the steps you, as a homeowner, can take to test your sump pump.

Need Services? We Can Help!

Steps To Take To Test Your Sump Pump

Testing your sump pump annually is your best bet to ensure it’ll always work as it should, especially if your home is prone to flooding. It’s a good idea to test it before the start of the rainy season.

Steps to take to test your sump pump’s performance include:

Check for Damage or Clogs

The first step to take should be performing a visual inspection. Look over your unit for apparent damages, including inside the pump, where debris might clog the passage. If any is present, clean it out yourself before running your unit.

Unplug & Plug It Back In

There should be two separate plugs for your sump pump. Start by unplugging both; from here, only plug back in the one going into the sump pump. If your pump fails to turn on immediately, it’s time to have your unit repaired or replaced. If it does turn on, you can reattach the second plug. 

Run Water Through It

Slowly pour water into the basin and watch if your sump pump removes it properly. If the water doesn’t lift the float switch and signal the pump to turn on and remove the water, you must schedule a repair or replacement with a professional.

Schedule Sump Pump Services With Blind & Sons

When all else fails, Blind & Sons is here to provide our Northeast Ohio community with reputable sump pump services. Founded in 1937, we work hard to train our technicians, equipping them with the tools and knowledge they need to finish each job right the first time.

We offer 24/7 emergency service with no overtime fees and a range of warranties and guarantees for your benefit! Additionally, we offer a Maintenance Value Plan to make scheduling maintenance as seamless as possible. With us, you can expect 100% customer satisfaction every time.

Ready to get started? Learn more about our sump pump services or schedule an appointment with the Blind & Sons team today by calling (330) 753-7711.

Schedule Service


“The team of R.T., S.M and N.B did an amazing job. They literally worked their butts off, and their attention to detail was truly above the bar. I will...” Jim. F.
“For the very positive, service person (A.G.) was excellent: locating the exact location of the plumbing leak within an upstairs bathroom wall, cutting...” J. M.
“These folks stay true to this day. From being easy work with, their professionalism to the quality of work that is put in. Blind & Sons will remai...” Corey A.
Get 50% off an AC When You Buy A High Efficiency Furnace
Expires 07/31/24
$89 A/C Tune-Up Plus FREE CO Detector
Expires 07/31/24
50% OFF Plumbing Service Call with Repair Plus a Free 26-Point Plumbing Inspection
Expires 07/31/24
50% OFF Electrical Service Call With Repair Plus Free 29-Point Electrical Safety Inspection
Expires 07/31/24
FREE Second Opinion Quote Limited Time Only
Expires 07/31/24
Serving Our
Northeast Ohio
We are committed to bringing our
community fast, affordable home
comfort solutions.