When Should I Replace My Sump Pump?
In any home with a basement or crawl space, a sump pump is one of the most important but least celebrated pieces of household plumbing equipment. This piece of equipment removes stormwater from the home by pumping out, regularly preventing flooding and untold thousands of dollars in potential property damage for homeowners. As an item that many homeowners don’t regularly interact with, sump pumps can often slip the mind, but not paying the proper amount of attention to these can be a costly mistake.
The average life expectancy of a sump pump is approximately 10 years, but depending on factors including the quality of the model, the age of your sump pump, the frequency of use and beyond, it’s a good idea to pay attention to your unit and determine when the right time is to replace it. So, what are the biggest signs that your sump pump needs replacing?
Infrequent or Too Frequent Use
If you live in a building that commonly experiences rising water and frequently requires the sump pump to run, that regular use can work to reduce its overall lifespan through wear and tear. Properly maintaining and judging when it’s time to replace your sump pump is even more important in this case. Just as frequent use can reduce your pump’s lifespan, infrequent usage can also lead to reduced capability. If your sump pump doesn’t run regularly, you should periodically test it to ensure it’s running properly and keep an eye out for malfunctions.
Strange Noises and Vibrations
Just like your car, your sump pump is a machine. Noises or rattles that feel irregular probably are and are likely signs that it’s time for you to replace your unit before you need a new one. Odd noises like whining or grinding are telltale signs of motor trouble, and your sump pump vibrates more than what feels normal, it’s possible that one of its impeller blades has been bent or damaged by hard debris. A bend in an impeller causes vibrations, putting extra stress on your sump pump and is more than likely a sign of future issues. Motors and impeller blades are difficult to properly repair without exceeding the cost of the unit itself, so in these cases, it’s best to play it safe and purchase a new sump pump.
Sump pumps are regularly in use, but if your pump is running continuously then it’s more than likely a sign of an issue with the unit’s on/off switch. When the unit shifts in its basin, the connection between the pump and the float, which connects to the switch and determines water level, may be disconnected. This can lead to your unit running continuously and unnecessarily and can lead to motor burnout. If your unit has been regularly running continuously, then its motor might be under a great amount of strain, reducing the unit’s effective lifetime. Alternatively, if the unit runs continuously while pumping water, it might not be powerful enough to deal with your specific needs. Consider upgrading your sump pump if this is the case.
The average useful age of a sump pump is currently estimated to be approximately ten years, factoring in regular wear and tear as well as the average timeframe during which mechanical troubles and rust can set in. If your unit is over ten years old you don’t necessarily have to replace it automatically, but be sure to keep a close watch on it for any issues that may arise. However, with water damage at stake should the pump malfunction when you need it the most, it might be worth the investment of purchasing an updated model to be sure you’ll be protected if water levels start to rise.
Hopefully, you’ll be able to use your sump pump without issues, but if a malfunction happens then it’s best to be prepared. Having a commercial pump service you trust means you have access to quick repairs that will get your equipment back on track before there is a serious problem or an expert opinion to recommend the new pump to best suit your needs.
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