Sandy has hit the coast of the Caribbean but her path might not end there. It’s predicted that Sandy’s effects will be felt on the East Coast and possibly impact Maryland with soaking rains early next week. We want our customers to be aware and prepared. If you have a sump pump, do this simple test to ensure your home is protected should Sandy come our way.
First ensure that your sump pump is plugged in. Once that is confirmed, test your sump pump to make sure it turns on and off properly by pouring enough water in the pit to trigger the pump to kick on. If you continually pour water and it does not turn on, you might have a defective switch or pump.
Also note that your pump should not have to run all the time, if it does, you might have to readjust the float.
You should also know that you can add a second layer of protection with a battery powered or water powered back-up system. These will come in handy if you experience a power outage during a storm. They ensure that your pump will work to continually pump water out of your home even when the power goes out.
Learn more about different types of sump pumps on our sump pump page.