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Is It Time to Replace Your Sump Pump?

Is-it-Time-to-Replace-your-Sump-Pump.jpgIn heavy rains, you take to your trusty sump pump to protect your basement from flooding. Typically located in a basin on your basement floor, your sump pump collects excess water from drains and redirects it away from the house. A quality sump pump should last you 10 years. But because your sump pump only runs when needed and may not be needed for weeks at a time, you may not notice when it has finally worn out for good. Remember, your sump pump is its busiest during spring showers. Here are some simple signs you can check yourself to prevent sump pump failure and basement flooding before the next big storm.

Does your sump pump have backup power?

Your sump could be functioning properly, but a bad thunderstorm could easily knock out your electricity and render it useless. If you’re not quite ready to invest in a generator, you can use a rechargeable battery pack to keep your sump pump running for a few hours during a power outage. In fact, many newer sump pump model come pre-packaged with a built-in battery backup system. You may also consider buying a second sump pump that’s battery-powered for instances where your primary pump breaks down or needs help.

Is your sump pump frequently cycling on and off?

If you’ve noticed your sump pump frequently cycling on and off, its basin may be too small to handle the volume of water in your basement. Regularly overworking it could burn out your sump pump’s motor, so consider investing in a deeper basin that ensures your sump pump is only on when it needs to be. Your plumber can install a larger sump pump basin of 20 to 30 gallons, which is preferable to the 5 gallon types. While installing a larger basin does require a bigger hole in your basement floor, the cost is much cheaper than replacing your sump pump every few years.

Is your sump pump running nonstop?

If your sump pump runs for several minutes at a time, it may be a sign that either the pump underpowered for the volume of water it handles or for the distance it must pump it. If either is exceeded, the pump is forced to run continuously. Sump pumps are sized according to the gallons of water per hour (GPH) they can pump. To avoid breakdowns, you should consider upgrading to a larger model with a higher GPH that increases efficiency. If you aren’t sure of the volume of water your sump pump needs to handle, your plumber can assist you.

Is your sump pump making weird noises?

Your sump pump shouldn’t make much noise. So if you’re hearing anything beyond a low hum when your sump pump is running, it may be on its way to the sump dump. There are a few possible causes for these strange sounds — from your motor having a failed bearing to an impeller that has been jammed. But unusual sounds are a strong indicator that your sump pump has worn or damaged parts. Your plumber can tell you whether a quick fix or a total replacement is in order.

Is water coming into your basement?

Your sump pump is working its hardest when there’s a heavy rainstorm, but it’s also working when water seeps into your basement from ground pressure, melting snow or dripping pipes. While sump pumps can’t do anything to prevent water from entering your home, their #1 job is to remove water that accumulates in your basement. So if you’ve noticed increased puddling or pooling water on your basement floor, then your pipes are leaking big-time or your sump pump is not performing up to snuff. Your plumber can determine whether to repair or replace it, but you need a fully functional sump pump to avoid water damage in your basement.

If you see any signs that your sump pump is on its way out, or if you’re just not sure, call ARS/Rescue Rooter® at 1-800-277-9400 today!

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