If you have a basement and live in an area that receives a decent amount of water throughout the year, you more than likely have a sump pump to help keep your basement nice and dry. These valuable appliances can help you avoid costly repairs due to a flooded basement. When it comes to your sump pump, you can plan on them lasting anywhere from 10-12 years before they need to be replaced. It is important that you know what the signs of a failing sump pump are so that you can replace it before you are stuck with a flooded basement. Simon Plumbing is here to talk about those signs so that you can be aware of whether or not it’s time to replace your sump pump.
Signs of Sump Pump Failure
For those of you that have a sump pump in your home that is getting up there in years, following is what you should be on the lookout for to indicate it’s time for replacement.
– Loud Sump Pump Noise: Your sump pump will make noise anytime it goes off and is pumping water out of the sump pit and away from your home. If you notice that those noises are all of a sudden starting to sound differently, you need to go check on it and make sure it is still running.
– Vibrating Sump Pump: Over time, there are hard debris that will start to build up in your sump pump. As this build up starts forming, it can cause the sump pump to vibrate quite severely. This is a sign that it’s on its way out.
– Sump Pump Runs Long: Your sump pump shouldn’t be running for long periods of time. Once it expels the water in it, the sump pump should turn off. If it’s running for an extended period of time, it is a sign that the sump pump doesn’t have the horsepower it needs.
– Sump Pump Keeps Turning On & Off: Your sump pump shouldn’t be turning on and off constantly. If it is, there could be a short in the electrical system of the sump pump and it needs to be replaced. Even if there is heavy rain and moisture, you shouldn’t be having this problem.
– Sump Pump Not Kicking On: If your sump pump doesn’t turn on hardly ever, it can reduce its efficiency. You should test the sump pump between heavy rainfall to ensure it is still working properly. Test runs will give you an idea as to whether or not there are any issues with your pump.
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If you are in need of a new sump pump in your home, you can count on the experts at Simon Plumbing to replace it with a new one for you. Sump pumps are incredibly useful when you have a basement that you are trying to protect from heavy rainfall and moisture. Call us today at the first sign of trouble with your sump pump!