it's working properly before the springs rains come. You can conduct a test by
pouring water into the sump pit. Shortly after, the pump should kick on, release
all the water and then shut off automatically. If this doesn't happen, call a
plumber and have your sump pump looked at immediately. You want more insurance? To
be even more efficient this spring, have a power generator handy so that your
sump pump will work properly during a power outage.
Spring time is also a good time to check your outside faucet to make
sure you didn’t leave the hose attached. If you forgot to disconnect the hose
last fall you’ll have to make sure the copper tube didn’t split. Inspecting this
will require either a visual inspection by running the faucet or testing it by
placing a cap on the hose connection or better yet, attach a pressure gauge.
Turn the faucet handle on briefly to pressurize it then watch to see that the
pressure remain constant without dropping. A decrease in pressure means there is
a leak and the outside faucet needs to be replaced. Sometimes the outside faucet
is easily accessible in the basement or crawl space but it can also be concealed
in a wall which means that wall would have be cut opened unless there’s an
access panel to get at it. If unsure then have a qualified plumber inspect it
then give you an estimate on the repairs.
If you have a private well then spring time is a good time to get your
water tested as the snow has melted and there is a fair amount of rain at this time of year which
washes the contaminates through the soil into the ground water. This is usually
the best time to test for coli form bacteria, nitrate, and if you live anywhere near a farm or an orchard you should also test for pesticides. Just to note: that these tests are also recommended anytime after repairing or replacing a well, pump, or plumbing system.