(Steven Bartolomei, CMI AZ License #39977)
Funny story we have very few basement homes in Arizona, I had a client insist that we test the sump pump so I said you will have to be at the inspection you can climb down in the window well and I will drop the garden hose to you I will be in the basement closet listening for the pump to turn on and the check valve to engage after it turns off. After about 2 minutes I can hear him screaming while rats were running out of the drain in to the window well.
(Dennis DiVito, VA License # 3380 000170 NRS)
I will run both types of pumps, float valve and pedestal by hand. I don’t carry a bucket with me to an inspection. I comment if there is water, silt or debris in the pit and the presence of a cover or not. I use a wood stick with a hook at the bottom to lift a float switch if it is underwater. I disclaim the whole thing if the cover is screwed on.
I lift the float, listen for pump, let it go immediately if pit is dry. No water, no problem. If you did fill the sump pit with water and the pump did not work, what would you do with all that water you just dumped in there?