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Kevin Smith

05:28PM | 06/13/03
Member Since: 06/12/03
1 lifetime posts
I just bought my first home this month. My sump pump has water in it. The home inspector said I should test it to see if it works. How do you test it? How do I know if my sump pump is not working? It has rained a lot the last week, the basement is not flooding and the level of the water in the sump pump has stayed the same. I don't hear the motor ever running. Is it just a very quiet motor?

Dased and Confused,


Kevin Smith

Jay J

03:39PM | 06/16/03
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi Kevin,

You didn't say if the pump was 'removable'.

The best advice I could give you is to ctc the mfgr. for info, or to read the Instructions. If it's new, that info, along w/the info on your Dishwasher, your stove, your fans, etc., etc., should ALL be provided by the Builder.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!

plumber Tom

05:18AM | 06/19/03
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
Simply pour water in the pit to see if the pump comes on.OR: If your pump has 2 plugs piggybacked together, one will have a small plastic tube on the end of the plug. Suck air from this tube, then quickly put your finger over the tube so you don't lose the air. While holding, plug it in. This will manually operate the float switch, and the pump should operate. Reconnect both plugs to the original receptacle.


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