If you have a basement, there is a chance you have a sump pump down there working to keep your basement dry. When your area experiences heavy rainfall, it is usually a sump pump that keeps your basement from flooding as it pumps all the excess water out and away from the foundation of your home. The average sump pump will last about 10-12 years before needing to be replaced. Randall’s Plumbing is here to talk about some of the signs you may notice if it’s time to replace your sump pump.
How Do I Know if My Sump Pump Needs to Be Replaced?
If your sump pump is on its way out, there will likely be several signs that indicate it. Here is what you should be looking for.
– Strange Noises from Sump Pump: All sump pumps make a certain amount of noise as they do their job. If you notice that all of a sudden, the sounds coming from the sump pump don’t sound like they always have, it may be time to have it looked at. Sounds like rattling or grinding noises coming from your sump pump usually mean that there are damaged parts that need replacing.
– Increased Sump Pump Vibrations: Over time, it isn’t uncommon for your sump pump to get full of buildup debris. This can make your sump pump vibrate as the impeller is most likely bent or damaged from the buildup. The impeller is supposed to balance to help reduce the wear and tear of the shaft that they spin on. If they are bent, the vibrations will be loud.
– Sump Pump Running Too Long: If you have noticed that your sump pump is running too long, it may mean that it doesn’t have enough horsepower to operate properly. There is a lot of math that goes into choosing the right sump pump size and should always be done by a professional.
– Irregular Sump Pump Cycle: You shouldn’t notice your sump pump turning on and off constantly. You may notice it a bit more after heavy rainfall, but it still shouldn’t be constant. A sump pump that is constantly running, is a sign that you need to replace it.
– Reduced Sump Pump Usage: Limited use of your sump pump could end up resulting in reduced efficiency and a need to replace it. To properly maintain your sump pump, you should be testing it between heavy rainstorms to ensure it is working properly. Testing it occasionally will give you a good idea of how well it is working.
Sump Pump Installation, Repair, Replacement & More in Marshfield, Conway & Greater Lebanon, Missouri
If you have a sump pump that is possibly having issues, you can rely on the plumbers at Randall’s Plumbing to not only help you buy the right sized sump pump, but also handle the installation of it. We will ensure it is done properly so that you can count on it to get the job done. Call us today!