If the rain pours and your basement doesn’t become an indoor pool, you have your sump pump to thank. Sumps pumps protect the home from unwanted flooding and costly water damage.
The average lifespan of a sump pump is about 10-12 years. Signs that it may be time to replace your sump pump include strange noises, increased vibration, constant running, irregular cycles, and reduced usage.
When to replace your sump pump
Not all homes come with brand new sump pumps, so it’s possible that your new home might have a sump pump on its last leg. You don’t want a basement floor that you can make puddles in. That said, here are five common signs that it’s time to replace your sump pump.
1. Strange noises
Unfamiliar sounds are a pretty good indication that your pump needs attention. Any rattling or grinding noises may mean jammed or damaged parts, signifying the need for a replacement.
2. Increased vibrations
Sump pumps with hard debris build-up can cause loud vibrations if their impellers are bent or damaged. Impellers are supposed to balance to reduce any wear and tear on the shaft that they spin on. An impeller that is bent or damaged will cause the whole sump pump to vibrate.
3. It runs too long
If your sump pump runs too long, it probably means that your pump does not have sufficient horsepower. Calculating what size pump you need is not an easy task, as a lot of the math involves knowing accurate measurement of pipe diameters, plumbing elbows, and pathways, along with reservoir dimensions.
4. Irregular cycle
A sump pump that cycles on and off excessively, even when it rains heavily, may need to be replaced. It could very well be a wiring malfunction or a short in the electrical system.
5. Reduced pump usage
Limited use of your sump pump may reduce its efficiency, resulting in a replacement. If you aren’t already, you should be testing your sump pump in between heavy rainfall. Testing should give you an early indication of any problems and support the mechanisms inside the appliance.
Schedule sump pump installation in New Haven or Fairfield County, CT
If any of these warning signs sound familiar, or your sump pump is getting up there in age, call the professional team Rick’s Plumbing. We can install a new sump pump that will keep your basement dry and your home clean. To schedule sump pump service, call us today at (203) 874-6629.