If you’ve had any experience with basement flooding, you know how important a working sump pump is. Keeping the pump in good condition is essential if you’ve got problems with water and moisture in the basement.
The most obvious indicator of a failed sump pump is a flooded basement, but there are several warning signs along the way that should save you from such a disaster if you know what to look and listen for.
Here are the common key reasons you may need to replace your sump pump:
Old age. Sump pumps don’t last forever, and life expectancy isn’t better than 10 years of age. If you’ve got a questionable pump and it’s around seven years or more, you may want to just replace it.
Strange noises. Of course, the sump pump will make some noise, but if it makes more noise than usual or makes a much louder noise, there may be something wrong with the motor. Any rattling, grinding or otherwise abnormal sounds may also be cause for concern.
Running too long. A sump pump running too long is a common problem, and there are several reasons why this can be happening:
- Stuck pump switch. Check to make sure the float switch hasn’t gotten clogged or tangled.
- Wrong size pump. If the sump pump isn’t the right size, it can take much longer than necessary to clear the water. If you notice this is the case, have a plumbing professional determine the right capacity for a replacement pump.
- Missing check valve. A check valve ensures that the water flow is outside of the home and not back into the pit. If the valve is damaged or gone, water will flow back into the pit, and this will cause the pump to run.
- Constant flooding. If there is a continuous flow into the sump pit, there may be a natural condition present, like a high water table. This may require installing the sump pump higher or in a different corner. In any case, this should be something you need to get inspected immediately.
- No water in the pit. You may notice an absence of water in the sump pit even though the pump seems to be running normally. The pump may not be installed correctly or may not be hooked up to the drainage system properly.
- Motor trouble. The pump’s motor wears out much more quickly if it’s constantly sucking up sediment. A filter can be used to help this issue and extend the pump’s life. If your pump is getting stuck sometimes or vibrating excessively, you should be prepared to replace it sooner.
- Power problems. Often a sump pump is wired directly into the home’s electrical system. It’s possible for power surges to damage components of the pump system and result in pump failure. If your pump is not staying on or shutting off as it should, this could be a power issue.
When you need service on your sump pump, you want to call in the professionals. Bieg Plumbing is a family-owned business that has operated in the St. Louis area for nearly 60 years. We’ve seen it all, and we can handle your situation.
We can help you fix any problem with your sump pump, or any of your other plumbing, 24-hours a day. We’re there to help you out of that jam any time of the day or night.