Having a sump pump for your home gives you about a decade’s worth of flood protection. However, sump pumps, like any other bit of plumbing, can fall prey to unexpected mechanical problems. If homeowners don’t catch on to these problems, they may find themselves taking unexpected damage from flooding. However, you can’t call for help if you don’t know what to look for. Let the experts at Stewart Plumbing help you learn when it’s time to call for a sump pump replacement.
Here are six signs that you’re due for a sump pump replacement:
A loud pump
Machines and appliances tend to get noisier when they have a mechanical problem, and sump pumps are no exception. When you hear rattling and grinding, you should examine the impeller, which is the fan at the bottom of the sump pump. Meanwhile, noisy motors signal that a bearing isn’t working properly.
Clogged pump and switches
It’s a good idea to get an airtight lid for any sump pumps you own. The lid will keep contaminants such as dust from getting into the pit, onto parts, or on the switches. All of these things could clog uncovered sump pumps.
Your sump pump isn’t something that should be constantly running. If it runs too much, it’ll use more electricity and get run down quicker, reducing its lifespan. There are several reasons your pump won’t stop running:
- The float switch is tangled or clogged.
- Your pump is too big or too small for the pit.
- The check valve is missing or broken.
- There’s a continuous heavy flow into your sump pit. This could be caused by a high water table or underground spring.
Give us a call if your sump pump is constantly running to get someone to help you find and solve the pump’s problem.
Make sure your sump pump’s floater switch is adjusted correctly. If it isn’t, it can cause your sump pump to turn on and off irregularly, even when there’s heavy rain. Your sump pump’s improper switch setting makes it think you want it to turn on when it only has a few inches of water. Irregular cycling can also happen if the sump pump has a wiring problem or a short circuit.
You’ll always have to replace a sump pump eventually. On average, it’ll last for about a decade before it needs replacement. However, certain factors can make your sump pump die out quicker. Some of these include how often you use the pump, its quality, and how long it takes the pump to discharge water.
No water in the sump pit
When your sump pit has no water, even when the pump is running, the pit might not be properly installed or connected to your drainage system. Disconnect your sump pump and give us a call to see what the problem is.
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The Stewart Plumbing team believes in the importance of serving clients’ needs with the best plumbers and customer service reps in the business. At Stewart Plumbing you can rest easy on the knowledge that your plumber has passed a rigorous series of technical training, certifications, and tests. All Stewart plumbers are drug tested and background checked as part of the hiring process to make sure you are at ease every time one of our employees visits your home or business. We back all of our work with the best warranties in the industry and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call us today to learn more about fixing your sump pump!
By Brian Renadette