Many new homeowners want to know if it is ever safe to unplug their sump pump.
While sump pumps can help home owners stay prepared for emergency flooding, they can also become very inconvenient and noisy when they are constantly running.
We recommend always keeping your sump pump plugged in unless you are cleaning the system. Your sump pump might be noisy and you may be tempted to unplug it to get a silent night of sleep but you may cause water damage in your basement if there is heavy rain.
In this guide we’ll take a look at the safest way to unplug your sump pump:
How can you tell if your sump pump is safe to unplug?
If you are going to unplug your sump pump it is important to wait until it is safe to unplug. Most modern sump pumps emit a loud, repetitive noise from the motor that can be heard from anywhere in the basement. In addition, the water in the sump pit may begin to bubble and make noise as well as water is draining. If your sump pump is making noise and there is no water in the pit it can be safe to unplug.
When Not To Unplug Your Sump Pump
If the basement or crawl space is flooding or you can hear water draining into the sump pit then do not unplug your pump. This can create back flow that can flood even more areas of your home.
Also, if the pump is unplugged it won’t be able to drain water from your basement!