You depend on your sump pump to keep your basement snug and dry. It can be devastating if it fails since flooding, water damage, and expensive repairs will be the result. Fortunately, sump pumps typically give warning that they are in danger of failing, so you can plan for a repair or sump pump replacement before disaster strikes.
1. Pump Age
Sump pumps do have a finite lifespan no matter how well you maintain them. To determine how long your pump is designed to last, refer to the manufacturer. If an average lifespan isn't available, you can use the manufacturer's warranty period as a guideline since the warranty is typically designed to cover the pump for its expected working life. A sump pump or basement waterproofing service can also provide you guidance on how long your particular pump is expected to last.
2. Constant Clogging
An occasional clog in the pump is nothing to be concerned about, but you may have a problem if your pump seems to be clogging all the time even though you keep the area around the sump pit clean. Sometimes, the issue can be repaired. There may be a missing lid or cover on the pump or one of the switches. A professional inspection can determine whether you need a new pump or just a quick fix.
3. Dry Sump Pit
Is your basement wet but the sump pit is dry? Then something is wrong with your system. If water used to flow into the pit, then the issue could be that the foundation has shifted and affected drainage. A drain could be blocked. Your pump could also be seated improperly, causing water not to flow into the pit properly. Generally, a dry pit doesn't necessarily indicate a mechanical issue with the pump but with the pump and pit system.
4. Odd Noises
A low hum is the only noise a properly functioning pump should make. Grinding, loud thumps, and rattling noises are all red flags that something is wrong with the pump. Shut down the pump immediately to minimize damage and call for an immediate repair. If you caught the problem early enough, you may be able to fix it.
5. Constant Cycling
Your pump should only come on periodically to move water out of the pit. If the pump is constantly cycling on -- even when there is no water in the basement or pit -- then the pump may be failing. Constant cycling wears down the motor and moving parts of the pump, causing it to give out prematurely. If your pump is constantly on, you need it repaired promptly
Contact a sump pump service for more help.