How to Reset a Sump Pump

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A sump pump is a device that will pump unwanted water out of your basement. It may pump it outside or into the drainage pipes of your home. These are commonly found in basements that are prone to flooding. A sump pump can save you a lot of money and work, even if you only get a little water in your basement. You should always ensure that your sump pump is working properly and reset it if necessary.


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Step 1

Locate the reset button on the motor. If there isn't one, locate the on/off switch and turn it off, or unplug the pump directly from the electrical outlet.

Step 2

Look inside of the sump pump. Make sure it is clean and that there isn't any debris inside. If there is debris inside, remove it. This is one of the major causes of sump pump failure.


Step 3

Plug the pump back in or move the switch back to the on position if there was no reset button. The pump should turn back on. If it doesn't, check the breaker or fuse box to make sure it hasn't been tripped. If the unit still will not power back on, it's possible that the motor or switch is bad.


Your user manual should include troubleshooting tips.

Always make sure that your sump pump is clean.


Wear rubber boots if you are going to troubleshoot your sump pump in a flooded basement.

If your basement is flooded, make sure there aren't any electrical outlets that have water touching them.