Every homeowner trusts their sump pump to be a defense against floods in the basement. Fortunately, a sump pump is only needed when there is rain. This also means that most homeowners rarely check their sump pumps.
Professionally installed sump pumps can last for seven to ten years without the need for replacement. But that doesn't mean you should neglect the pump. Mind you, a sump pump can fail when you need it most. Here are some signs it's time to replace the sump pump.
1. Loud Noises
Banging noises are a sign your sump pump is damaged or worn out. In most cases, the noises or vibrations are a result of a crooked impeller or rust. While the problem is fixable, it is pretty expensive to do it. Surprisingly, replacing an impeller is quite expensive and complicated. You're better off replacing the old sump pump with a new one instead. The only time replacing an impeller makes sense is if you are dealing with a new pump.
2. Constant Clogging
Clogging is a common phenomenon with sump pumps, but it should not happen frequently. So, if you are dealing with constant clogging, then there is a problem. You either have the wrong size pump, or there is plenty of debris in the sump pit.
If your sump pump is too powerful, it will quickly empty the pit and pick up debris along the way. This will ultimately cause nasty clogs, despite the pump having debris protection. In such a scenario, you'll have to replace the powerful pump with a smaller one. If your pump's discharge lines are constantly clogged, consider replacing the pump.
Even though sump pumps have a long lifespan, you should not assume they'll stay strong until their time is up. Most of them will begin showing aging signs within a few years. Of course, that will depend on the conditions of the basin. If the conditions are worse, the sump pump will wear out quickly.
You can tell that a sump pump is worn out by checking for corrosion, banging noises, and low performance. If you notice any of these signs, call an expert to replace the sump pump.
4. Low Performance
You can gauge performance by checking the number of gallons the sump pump moves. If the number keeps on decreasing, then you should replace the pump immediately. Sometimes the decline will be so alarming that the pump can't get rid of the sump water in time. Unless you want to stick with a flooded basement, you should consider a sump pump replacement.
For more information, contact a plumber in your area.Share
16 July 2021
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