When to Replace Your Sump Pump (before it’s too late!)

February 23, 2017

sumpump                 Melting snow and spring rains can mean disaster for a home with a malfunctioning sump pump. As the primary line of defense against a flooded basement, homeowners need to keep an eye on their sump pumps to be sure they’re working properly. Your sump pump functions to remove excess water from your basement or crawl space by redirecting it out of your house. When the sump pit fills with too much water, the pressure sensor or float switch will trigger the pump to begin pumping the water out, using a rotating part called an impeller. Then you can rest easy knowing your home is safe and dry!

Except, how do you know if your sump pump is about to fail? Since it’s “out of sight, out of mind”, it’s common that homeowners forget to check their sump pumps before it’s too late. Not everything lasts forever, so check out these tips on how to spot the signs when it’s time to replace your sump pump:

Listen for irregular noises.  Strange sounds or excessive vibrating typically mean your pump has worn or damaged parts. Any noise louder than a low hum from the motor could mean a bearing or two are about to burn out while rattling sounds could indicate a damaged impeller. Become familiar with the normal sounds of your sump pump so you can recognize when there’s a problem.

Pump is running and running and running… Long run times could mean that it isn’t strong enough for the amount of water it needs to displace. This could be due to a faulty switch or an improper size for the application. If the pump is unable to keep up, you may want to consider replacing it.

Check the age. Sump pumps that are more than ten years old are good candidates for replacement. Even if your pump is approaching that year mark, it’s best to upgrade a year too early rather than a year too late! At that point, it’s better off getting a new one instead of paying for constant repairs, or even worse water and/or foundation damage!

If you’re interested in having a professional inspect your home’s sump pump before the spring rains, feel free to call Drucks Sudden Service at (920)-722-2642. Drucks has been providing superior plumbing service for 70 years! For Drucks Plumbing, Heating, and Electrical coupons click here. Stay connected with us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for more useful information and advice for your home.

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