5 Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Sump Pump
If we had our choice, the common spring saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” would have a second verse: “If your yard is wet, your sump pump better be a sure bet!”
A sump pump protects your home by redirecting groundwater before it finds a way into your basement. However, these systems don’t last forever and need to be replaced periodically. A few common signs that it’s time to replace your sump pump include being over seven years old, water seeping into the basement, running too frequently, making strange noises, frequent clogs.
Signs you should replace your sump pump
1. Age of sump pump
The average service life of a sump pump is 7-10. It’s wise to keep track of your sump pump’s age. That way, you will know when your unit is nearing the end of its expected service life so you can be ready to replace it. Of course, there’s no magic number, and sump pumps can die unexpectedly at any time.
2. Water is seeping into your basement
If the sump pump can’t do its one and only job – removing water from the foundation before it enters your home – then it’s definitely time for an upgrade. If you find water in your basement and have ruled out the possibility of a leaking pipe, then that’s a strong clue that your sump pump is failing.
3. The sump pump is running too frequently.
When it comes to sump pumps, sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. If the sump pump is running nonstop or rapidly cycling on and off, there’s a problem. Overuse can wear out the motor, causing the pump to stop working altogether. It’s also possible that the sump pump is underpowered for the amount of water it is handling, or the basin is too small.
4. The sump pump is making strange noises.
Like other appliances in your home, if you hear odd or loud noises coming from the sump pump, it’s a sign of a problem that will likely worsen.
5. The sump pump is clogging
Water isn’t the only thing that ends up in the sump pump basin. Over time, dirt, gravel, and other debris can accumulate at the bottom of the pit. This grime can make its way into the sump pump system, including the pipe inlet and discharge pipe. Not only will this block some of the water that the pump is pushing out, but it can also add extra wear and tear to the motor.
Sump pump installation in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio
Nothing lasts forever – especially sump pumps. If your unit is on its last legs, don’t risk it failing this spring and summer. Instead, bring in Ohio Buckeye Plumbing to replace your own sump pump with a brand-new model. Schedule an appointment today by calling (440) 283-9377.