Sump pumps may go unnoticed most of the time. It sits in the depths of your home's basement, out of the way, and out of many homeowner's awareness. However, without it, your house's basement is left unprotected against damaging floods. In today's world, it is very common to finish out the basement as an added room, and a large amount of water could cause you to need an expensive renovation. Many families also use their basement to store family heirlooms and other precious, valuable items. Avoid the headache of cleaning up a flooded house by making sure your sump pump is in great shape. There are a few signs that can warn homeowners that a problem exists before there's a devastating event.
It Was Installed 10 Years Ago or More
The average life expectancy of a sump pump is 10 years. Also, pedestal pumps were often installed in the past, and are notorious for causing trouble for homeowners. If you are edging toward the decade mark, or have an outdated model installed, it will be well worth your time and energy to invest in a new pump now, before you start running into costly repairs or potential flooding.
It Makes Loud Noises
Quality sump pumps are designed to operate quietly. If your pump is making excessive noise, there is probably something wrong with it. It might just be jammed, but there's a chance that your motor is beginning to go out. There is a chance that a professional sump pump expert can repair it, but if the damage is bad enough, you're likely to continue running into problems. It might be time to consider getting a new sump pump installed soon.
Frequently Turns Off and On
If your pump is going on and off quickly there may be a few things wrong. There's a chance that you need a larger basin, because it is filling up too quickly with water. Your float switch may also be installed wrong, causing it to tell the sump pump to turn on even though there's only a small amount of water inside the basin. Either way, you need to get a professional to inspect it as soon as possible. If the problem is neglected for a long time, there's a chance the motor will wear out much faster than normal, leaving your home vulnerable to flooding.
Does your sump pump come on when it rains but seems to run forever afterward? If so, it might be having a difficult time pumping the water correctly. You might need a model with a higher capacity that can handle more gallons per minute.
There Are Signs of Water Damage
A flooded basement is a clear-cut signal that your sump pump is no longer working correctly. However, water damage can sometimes be much subtler. Continued rainfall coupled with a subpar sump pump can cause light flooding in specific areas that might go unseen for some time. Make a habit of inspecting your basement frequently, particularly after a heavy rain. Doing so will help assure you that your pump is keeping your home dry. If you find any signs that water has made its way inside, call the professionals at Mr. Rooter right away so we can help assess the source of the water leak and find out whether a damaged sump pump is to blame.
Need a New Sump Pump? Call the Experts at Mr. Rooter Today
If your sump pump is exhibiting one or more of the above warning signs, it is very likely time to replace your existing unit. Don't worry though. The professional team of plumbers and sump pump specialists at Mr. Rooter will install a new sump pump that will help protect your home for years to come. Give us a call and schedule an appointment to find out what we can do for your family or business.